ABOUT THESE BOOKS

You have approximately 936 weeks from the time your child is born until he or she graduates from high school. Kids change and grow quickly. It’s as if they shift or move on just as you’re starting to figure them out. It all makes the responsibility to shape a child’s faith and character feel overwhelming.

Phase Guides are an 18-part series of concise and interactive journal-style books that simplify what parents need to know about each phase of a kid’s life and give them the opportunity to discover more about their children—so they can make the most of every phase.

Discover …

what’s changing about your kid over the next 52 weeks,
the 6 things your kid needs most,
and 4 conversations to have in this phase.

Phase Guides are a byproduct of The Phase Project, which is a synthesis of personal experience, academic research, and gatherings of leaders and educational experts from across the child development spectrum. Created in partnership with Parent Cue, these guides are designed to help you parent your child through every year.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

“When I was introduced to the Phase book series, I didn’t know what to expect. Personally, I’ve raised two successful men that have given me four beautiful grandchildren, all currently under the age of six. Resources like Phase weren’t readily available at my fingertips while raising my children, so like a lot of parents, I did the best I could on my own with a lot of trial and error and certainly by the grace of God. I was so pleasantly surprised with the gift I had discovered in these books that I couldn’t wait to share the information with my children and grandchildren …. My granddaughter will enter kindergarten this year and these books will be such guideposts for me as well as her parents for many years to come. Recently my mother passed away, and the best gift that I have from her are the journals that she left behind. I challenge you to not only use this book for yourself, but as a gift to give to your child or grandchild later that they will cherish forever.”

Cheryl Jackson, founder of Minnie’s Food Pantry, Plano, Texas

“It’s true that parenting is one of life s greatest joys, but it is not without its challenges. If we’re honest, parenting can sometimes feel like trying to choreograph a dance to an ever-changing beat. It can be clumsy and riddled with well-meaning missteps. If parenting is a dance, this parenting guide is a skilled instructor refining your technique and helping you move gracefully on a steady beat. For those of us who love to plan ahead, this guide will help you anticipate wha’s to come so you can be poised and ready to embrace the moments you want to enjoy.”

Tina Naidoo, executive director of Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative, The Potter’s House of Dallas

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Lauren Terrell

KRISTEN IVY

Kristen Ivy is executive director of The Phase Project (a collaborative, ongoing effort to assemble classic and innovative research about child development with an emphasis on practical application). Kristen blends a background in child development with a master of divinity and over 15 years of leading children and students. She and her husband, Matt, have three children in the preschool and elementary phases.

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Lauren Terrell

REGGIE JOINER

Reggie Joiner is the founder and CEO of Orange, an organization designed to redefine ministry approaches for churches and family environments. For nearly 40 years, he’s mentored teachers and leaders who influence the next generation. Reggie and his wife, Debbie, have raised four kids into adulthood.

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