Ingredients of Godly Discipline, Part 3: Confession

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  If we give our children effective, Bible-based instruction, they will come to see how they have sinned. The next step is to encourage them to admit or confess their sin to us and to God. Even 3-year-old can say “I was wrong for disobeying”. Here’s why it’s important for our children to learn to confess their sin: 1. Our goal isn’t to merely change our children’s behavior. We’re teaching […]

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Ingredients of Godly Discipline, Part 2: Instruction

Ingredients of Godly Discipline, Part 2: Instruction

  Why do we discipline? What is the point of our child-training efforts? It’s not ultimately about good behavior. It’s not about the convenience of having well-behaved children. It’s certainly not about giving out just deserts when children make mistakes. Our first goal as parents should be shepherding our children into their own personal, growing, relationship with God. As God’s representatives to our children during their early years, we’re part […]

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Ingredients of Godly Discipline, Part 1: Preparation

Ingredients of Godly Discipline, Part 1: Preparation

I hear crying coming from the family room, where my three and six-year-old children are playing. I’m sitting in my chair, reading a book, and I don’t really want to be interrupted. But I get up and go in. The struggling stops as I enter the room, and reddened, tear-streaked faces look up at me. “What is going on?” “He was pushing me!” “I had the tricycle first!” “But you […]

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Child Training Boot Camp Giveaway!

It’s time to have our traditional end-of-study giveaway! This time we’re giving away $123 worth of Doorposts products! The winner of this giveaway will receive: Her choice of Plants Grown Up for boys or Polished Cornerstones for girls (Over 500 pages of different ideas for Bible study projects, reading material, and practical, everyday activities to help our sons and daughters love and follow Jesus. Use from preschool until they leave home!) plus For […]

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Thirty (Two) Days of Child Training Boot Camp for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 32: What Next?

What are you going to study next now that you’ve finished the Child Training Boot Camp study? I’m sure many of you already have plans for other studies, but if you would like to continue studying child-training issues on your own, here are a few suggestions: Pick another area of sin that your family is struggling with and use Blue Letter Bible to study it in the same way we have studied the […]

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Thirty Days of Child Training Boot Camp for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 31: Doers of the Word

We’ve come to the last day of our study.  I have really enjoyed studying with you all! You’ve finished your review. God has probably taught you many things from His Word along the way, because His Word is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart”  (Heb. 4:12, […]

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Thirty Days of Child Training Boot Camp for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 30: Review

We’ve seen over and over that the training of our children begins with our own humble response to the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. We are discipling — disciple-ing, not just disciplining — our children. A disciple imitates his teacher. Our children will imitate us, whether we want them to or not, so one of the best ways to raise God-fearing children is to be a God-fearing parent. Don’t let all this review […]

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Thirty Days of Child Training Boot Camp for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 29: Review

Our month-long study is almost over already! Unlike all our other Busy Mamas studies where we focus on one chapter of the Bible for an entire month, we have moved from topic to topic in this study. Now it’s time to look back over the lessons, tie them all together, and prayerfully decide what we’re going to do with what we’ve been learning. We’ve considered our own commitment to loving and obeying God. […]

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Thirty Days of Child Training Boot Camp for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 28: Teaching Forgiveness

Did you see the consistent theme in the verses about forgiveness in our last lesson? We’re called to forgive others because God has forgiven us. It’s all about the gospel and what Jesus has done for us!. Assignment: Pray for God to continue teaching you as you study this important topic. Then open up your notes from Day 27. The truths in these verses are some of God’s Words that are […]

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Thirty Days of Child Training Boot Camp for Busy Busy Mamas, Day 27: Forgiveness

We’ve been looking at strife – where it comes from, what it is like, what we should do instead of quarreling, and how to help our children overcome the temptation to quarrel. Before we start wrapping up our study, let’s take a couple days to look at how to respond to disagreements and offenses. What should we do when we’re on the receiving end of contention? What should our children […]

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