Families everywhere matter to God. Children everywhere do not have a choice where they are born or what family they are born into. Yet God not only loves each one a lot, but also has his hand on them for something special (1 Thessalonians 1:4, MSG). Jesus came to bring us back into right relationship... Continue Reading →
I've been privileged to get a preview of this brand new book by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, known for great parenting books based on Biblical and heart-based approaches. Their website is http://www.biblicalparenting.org. You can pre-order the new book anywhere, but here is a link to it at the Canadian Amazon site. Below is my review.... Continue Reading →
What's REALLY Behind Kids' Misbehavior? - Connected Families. Worth a read! Sometimes as parents, we feel satisfied to just deal with the situation and move on. Raising a child is about much more than dealing with inconveniences, it's about training a child in wisdom!
To Spank or Not to Spank? - Connected Families. I've come to appreciate this organization and having met Jim Jackson, I know him to be a man who not only loves Jesus, but has some excellent advice on this issue. Thanks Jim! Also, here's a link to a couple of my thoughts on the issue... Continue Reading →
Here's a good website that also provides excellent, Gospel focused email helps for families. Solving a Child’s Big Spiritual Problem - Connected Families.
Consequences and discipline are necessary and helpful for any parent who seeks to help their child grow up to be a responsible person who makes great choices. Below is a big list of consequences from about.com for your tool belt. But keep in mind the difference between behaviour modification and Biblical correction. As Godly parents,... Continue Reading →
I've been thinking about my use of consequences as I parent and lead children. Consequences are a powerful motivator for making right choices and avoiding the wrong. So they are needed for guiding children. However, there is a word of caution for relying solely on consequences. Relying on them is merely behaviour modification. This is... Continue Reading →
While this is an issue that I continue to debate in my own mind, I believe this entry has significant merit and is worth some study. I respect Dobson and Tripp and their insights on spanking. I consider pain to be a great teacher. However, I have a nagging question: Do shepherds beat/strike/spank their own... Continue Reading →
I've been studying the use of the rod and staff in the Bible from the perspective of parenting-God's parenting of us and our parenting of our kids. I find this blog insightful! Psalm 23:4b "...thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." (You may read previous discussion on Verse 1, Verse 2, Verse 3, and... Continue Reading →
Whining, like nothing else, gets under my skin! My family is learning this well. When the whining wells up, my patience is tested and I am tempted to let my anger control my reaction. What can be done about this? Let's first think about how God deals with our complaining hearts. I am often amazed... Continue Reading →