As with any endeavor, good parenting requires an end goal. Christians can find their end goal all ready created for them by God in the Bible. Do you know where it is? Do you use it? If you do, you know it works.
Is there one principle that underlies all successful parenting? The bible tells us there is. Further, there are four simple things we can do to apply that all-important principle in our family and our congregation. Learn more about it in our latest presentation, Communicating Love, the first of our latest series, Practical Christian Parenting Part 2.
If our goal in parenting is to draw our children into loving relationship, as God does with us, then we need to study the inner workings of the human mind to understand why God works with us the way he does. The more we understand about his methods, the more likely we are to be successful with our children.
How we parent a child depends on what we think a child is. Is a baby, for example, a human with a tendency to disobey God? Or Is a baby, instead, an innocent child—like a blank page? Or a baby, perhaps, a cross between the two or something else altogether. If I told you most Christians have it wrong, would you believe me? One of the central doctrines of Christianity, crept in during the 16th century skews a parents outlook toward their children. Learn more in What is a Baby?
All human relationships benefit from boundaries, What kind of boundaries promote growth love and harmony? Are the boundaries in your home fulfilling those two objectives? Learn more about godly boundaries in this sixth in our series on Practical Parenting.
Most of what we learn we learn by experience. We say, think, feel or do something, and then we receive the consequences of what we did. Some people believe this is the only way we learn how to get along in the world. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that consequences are an effective way to parent our children. Learn more about how to use consequences in this presentation.
Most Christians know that our example is important in many areas of life. The most obvious association to that importance is “watch and learn.” In parenting, for example, our children watch and learn from us. Did you know, however, that the effects of our example go much deeper and are much more complex than that?
Children don’t set the tone in the home, they respond to it. Parents determine whether children want to cooperate or resist. This parenting presentation aims to help parents learn how to identify personal issues that negatively impact their parenting efforts. It shows how to bypass self-deception and get down to resolution.
God gives us some specific direction and many examples of how to teach our children about him. If we are going to do what he says, we need to be intentional about it. See what you can do and stimulate your efforts in this presentation.
It’s a current and common belief that teens are ruled by their hormones. We now know that isn’t the major reason for behaviors commonly associated with the teen years. Far reaching changes in the rapidly growing brain of teens is primarily responsible. Once we understand what changes are taking place along with the risks and benefits of such growth, parents have a new way to help their teens through a sometimes difficult transition.
When children grow up, parenting doesn’t end. But there is a time of change, not only for children, but for parents as well. Roles change. Responsible change. Locations often change. How will everyone handle these changes? Consider what the Bible tells us about the issue in our latest presentation, Practical Christian Parenting Part 12: Parenting Adult Children.