Parenting Forward after religious trauma

Hi, my name is Cindy Wang Brandt, and I help parents unpack and heal from their religious trauma so they can raise children with healthy spirituality.

You Are Not Alone

Many parents grew up with religious experiences that negatively impacted them on a spectrum of religious trauma.

I know I did, and it sort of freaked me out when I became a parent and didn't know how to raise my kids with healthy spirituality because I didn't have a great model.

Religious trauma may feel isolating, but you do not have to journey alone. Here, you will find resources to help you navigate parenting life and a community that is supportive and welcoming.

Parenting Forward Podcast

I truly enjoy listening to this podcast. I’m so grateful to hear these conversations that provide a backbone for my choices as a parent. There’s not one or a few right ways to parent. This podcast shows us how to get to know ourselves and our children so we can be emotionally present to create a safe space for us to thrive.

— Erin Hearts

Books

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You Are Revolutionary

Every kid is a revolutionary! You don't need to wait until you grow up. You don't even need any special skills. Kids who are loud, kids who are quiet, kids who make art, kids who are good at math, kids with lots of energy, kids who are good listeners--all kids have what it takes to make a difference.

Parenting Forward

In Parenting Forward, the reader is treated to a robust yet accessible guide to breaking the cycle of authoritarian, fear-based parenting in favor of a paradigm that pursues and celebrates equality, autonomy, and fully embodied health and wholeness, “one tiny act of love at a time, and moving on to the next small, right thing.”

Rachel Held Evans

Bestselling author of Searching for Sunday and Inspired

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April 20-22

Break Cycles of Toxic Religiosity and Raise Children with Healthy Spirituality

Blog

Dealing with the Regret of Deconstruction

“But then you wouldn’t have met me.”This is my husband’s go to line throughout the many years of my deconstruction. When you tear apart the fabric of your spiritual and identity formation, one familiar theme emerges over and over again: regret. I mean, I think given the finitude of being human, we all experience some…

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My “Empty The Pews” Story

As a young woman, I was also Wild At Heart, but unfortunately that story was reserved for men. Converted by Christian missionaries at 12 years old, I came of age in evangelical youth culture looking for an adventure that would be mine. There are many things young women can look forward to in evangelicalism—marrying a…

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How to Raise Politically Engaged Children

Before we get to the how, let’s ask why.  Why should we raise politically engaged children? Shouldn’t a child’s primary job be to simply play and go to school? Play and education are important for kids, but neither of those things are politically neutral. We should raise politically engaged children because it is a fundamental…

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