Is "I don't know" a refrain from your children in response to your questions regarding their behaviour? This article shows how parents, teachers, or other caregivers can often use this as a cue to let a child off the hook instead of calling heart motivations to task. Thus, the author suggests ways to handle this response in an effort to disciple the children God entrusts to us.
Your view of your heavenly Father is largely determined by your view of your earthly father. This article suggests ways to dislodge tainted understandings of the heavenly Father and replace them with a truly biblical view.
This Introduction provides a guide for reading the narrative sections of the Old Testament. It directs readers to the main reasons for telling these stories. Further, it considers the question whether there is a right or wrong way to read and use Bible stories. Finally, it reflects on how to read the narratives within the bigger picture of the Bible.
This article stresses the value of parents being the primary disciple-makers of their children, rather than handing over this responsibility to professionals.
Christian parents are called to raise their children within the covenant calling God gave them. Part of this is that they are called to apply discipline to the children. How do parents do this? What is the purpose of this discipline? This article shows the biblical roots for discipline and the way it can be applied positively and negatively, then looks at the purpose of discipline.
God's visitation of the fathers' sins on the children is never a simple punishment of innocent children for what the fathers did. The children are always guilty themselves of a sinful and rebellious life as the fathers' sins bear fruit in the lives of their children. (Exodus 20:5-6; Deuteronomy 5:9-10)
What should parents teach their children about death? This article offers five truths to explain to children when death happens close to them: death and judgment are coming to us all, death is not how it is supposed to be, death for the believer is to be with Christ, death will one day be destroyed, and death is something we all must think about. The article also explains what to say about the death of unbelievers.
This article makes the case for teaching children about the Reformation. Such teaching brings them to know about God's faithfulness to his church, that the church is always in need of reforming, defending the Bible is dangerous but worth the risk, God does extraordinary things through ordinary people, and the gospel is everything. It ends with some suggestions on how to teach them, and some resources worth using.
This article discusses the value of reading aloud to your children, from babies in the womb to teenagers. It offers some principles of reading, as well as some recommended literature.
Your parenting reveals where your heart is. Which treasure does your parenting reveal, earthly treasure or heavenly treasure?
How do you teach children about money? There are five ways that parents can teach their children in this matter, and the article discusses them.
Is your parenting caught in the trap of health and wealth parenting? Good parenting is one that teaches children to be prepared to also face suffering. This article explains four ways to do this.
God instituted fatherhood to be a mirror of his own character. Therefore, Christian fathers are disciple makers; every day they speak something of God to their children. How can they fulfil this task? This article explains that they must be aware of the responsibility, accept the reality that they will fail, and live in repentance.
This article offers eight points for helping children properly function and participate in corporate worship.
Parents have the responsibility to teach their children to pray. This article shows how teaching children to pray can be done from the Lord’s Prayer.
As a pastor, you are expected to shepherd first your family, then the church. This article shares practical ways for shepherding children.
This article presents three things for fathers to do in raising their children: be tender, discipline, and instruct.
This article reminds parents that change in their children is the work of God alone. This is intended to foster parents' dependence upon the Lord, and their function as agents, not authors, of change.
The digital world poses some challenges to parenting. These challenges can be overcome by rejecting ignorance and embracing education, rejecting folly and embracing responsibility, and rejecting fear and embracing familiarity. These are ways that parenting well can be done in a digital world. The article expands on this.