Tough Stuff Parenting
Tough Stuff Parenting
By Paul Basden & Jim Johnson
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Make a lasting connection with your kid by learning how to effectively discuss life's most complicated topics.

Tough Stuff Parenting will equip you to have thoughtful, age-appropriate conversations with your child. The biblically-based wisdom and practical tools you'll find inside will help you confidently engage your kid in meaningful dialogue. And when questions arise, your child will look to you first for answers instead of friends or the Internet.

Gay marriage, terrorist attacks, pornography, police shootings, and yes, sex, are just some of the complex issues children will encounter in our current culture. When your child asks questions, will you have answers?



Overall, I hope that I am able to approach my kids with love and grace over the next few years when I want to defer to others on the harder topics. I hope I can lead them well. I am thankful for Tough Stuff Parenting for being an awesome resource and for giving me so much food for thought on this journey.
Tough Stuff Parenting is the book every parent needs. If you are looking for thoughtful ways to engage in meaningful conversations with your kids, or if you want a cheat sheet for talking about the real and important topics related to being a human, then Paul and Jim have you covered. With practical tips, deep theological insights, and real-life stories, this book will help you feel equipped as a parent and ready to engage in some of the most important cultural conversations of our time.
— Mandy Arioto, president and CEO, MOPS International
Paul and Jim bring their considerable wisdom, biblical insight, and life experience to bear on critical issues. If I were a pastor, I’d make sure every parent in my church had a copy of this book…and I’d preach it too! Tough Stuff Parenting will strengthen our family bonds and help us leave a legacy of kids and grandkids who follow Jesus and make a kingdom impact in our world.
— Reggie McNeal, leadership consultant and author of Kingdom Come and Kingdom Collaborators
Using biblical instruction, Paul Basden and Jim Johnson tackle the really tough stuff in their book on parenting, including sex, partying, divorce, racism, porn, drugs, alcohol, suicide, and other issues parents of teens must deal with. This is also a good resource for grandparents, as more grandparents are raising grandchildren full-time and need current, up-to-date information on problems their grandkids will likely encounter. Tough Stuff Parenting will help arm the caregiver, giving biblical answers to today’s tough and sometimes life-threatening issues. I highly recommend this book—as an author, as a parent, and as a grandparent.
— Denise George, bestselling author of more than 30 books

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The Tough Stuff Parenting book was inspired by a sermon series at Preston Trail Community Church called

What Do I Tell My Kids About…

To experience a few of the topics discussed in the book, watch the series below.


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Paul Basden

Paul is a co-founding and senior pastor of Preston Trail Community Church in Frisco, Texas. Paul has been sharing the good news of God's grace since his early twenties as a pastor in Texas and Alabama. A native of Dallas, Texas, Paul earned his BA from Baylor University and his Master of Divinity and PhD from Southwestern Theological Seminary. Paul also served as university minister and a professor of theology at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He and his wife, Denise, have two grown daughters and four grandsons.

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Jim Johnson

Jim is a co-founding and senior pastor of Preston Trail Community Church in Frisco, Texas with over 40 years experience pastoring in Texas, Georgia and Florida. A native of Midland, Texas, Jim earned his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary and his BA and PhD from Baylor University. He and his wife, Robin, have three grown sons and two granddaughters, and one grandson.