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I just want my child to be ____________.

  • Well-rounded
  • Psychologically-adjusted
  • Saved
  • Spiritual
  • Well-behaved
  • Healthy
  • Smart

All of the above are good things that threaten to become ultimate things – which is a bad thing because it keeps your kid from Jesus.

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Busy.

The reason you struggle to parent the way you’d like to parent is because life is busy.

You do know that busy is always self-induced, don’t you?

Work is busy. Change your schedule or change jobs.

Our kids are involved in so many activities. Do less. Start with the thing they hate that you think is important.

We can’t keep up with everyone. Quit trying.

I’m giving you permission to give up trying to please the world with your parenting.

I’d also encourage you to pick up a copy of Tim Chester’s book, The Busy Christian’s Guide to Busyness.

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Don’t overentertain your kids, because…

…boredom is necessary for a child’s development, and will eventually spark a mental state known as “daydreaming.”

(HT: Abraham Piper)

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Life Together is a blog designed to foster discipleship and community within the church and family. Here are a few recent posts:

If you’re a parent, bookmark them or subscribe to their feed.

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Scott Thomas is the Director of A29 – a guy I enjoy being around and have much respect for. Yesterday, he blogged about his son turning twenty and gave some really helpful advice for raising kids that love Jesus and are on mission:

1. Depend on the grace of God, the Spirit of God and the wisdom of God for guidance and provision every day.
2. Love them sacrificially with your time. Dads should also be “present” for every aspect of their child’s life. Your kids only have one Daddy.
3. Enjoy the ride. Don’t stress over the house or their messy clothes. Laugh often; hug more.
4. As a couple, set clear boundaries and discipline consistently. The goal of discipline is to teach that God has standards of obedience and that He is the One who has absolute authority in our lives. Teach the gospel clearly in your discipline: a) Identity as a child belonging to a family, b) sin separates, c) sin has consequences, d) confession, e) repentance, f) reconciliation. Share this story of the Redeemer every time you exercise discipline.
5. Make your home a place of grace where it is safe to make mistakes, be yourself, have fun, try out new dance moves and bring friend’s over. Practice being a gospel community as a family. Practice confrontation, forgiveness and reconciliation.

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