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 […]Read More →
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 […]Read More →
Why Learning to Obey is Good for Our Children (Obedience, Part 2)
Last week, we looked at some ways we can easily allow our children to disobey. This sparked some good questions, which will be addressed in next week’s post. Before we talk about teaching obedience, it’s important to consider why obedience is so important. Here, as in many aspects of Christian parenting, we should look to the example of our Heavenly Father. Why does God ask us to obey Him? How […]Read More →
Training Children for Their Good
When I wrote about Discipline vs Punishment a few weeks ago, I was surprised by the animated discussion that followed. In the comments and in a post update I added, we talked more specifically about what discipline and punishment look like in the home and what constitutes biblical discipline. About the same time, I discovered an article entitled Training Children for Their Good, by Andy Naselli. I found this very […]Read More →
I hear a child’s frustrated crying in the kitchen. I go to investigate, and I find my 2-year-old son pushing with all his might against a chair, angry that it’s not moving. He has plans, but something has gone wrong. Soon I realize why he’s upset. The back of the chair has run into an open cupboard door and stopped his movement. But his head is down, his brow is […]Read More →
Advice for homeschool graduates
‘Tis the season to celebrate graduations. Young people from your friends and relatives, and maybe even one of your own children, are advancing from one phase of education on to the next exciting season of their lives. Much advice could be given to young people launching on a new phase of life, but here are three key practices that will get them off to a strong start as adults. It’s […]Read More →
More Family Fun with Drama!
Don’t forget! The deadline for our Bible Drama Video Contest is less than two weeks away (March 5)! If you decide to do some story-acting with your children, even if you’re not going to enter the contest, (but hey, there’s great prizes!), take advantage of the different ways you can enjoy this family activity! Besides reading the story from the Bible and then acting it out, try out some of these ideas: Let […]Read More →
A Valentine’s Day Activity
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Here’s an idea for an afternoon of activities that will help you celebrate, while you also teach your children about love. Listed below are ten different portions of 1 Corinthians 13. Each portion has been assigned a related gift or activity. In italics, ideas are given to help you explain the reason for each gift. Copy each portion of 1 Corinthians 13, as they are listed […]Read More →
One of the BEST Ways to Teach Your Children Bible Stories!
So . . . are you all gearing up for our Bible Drama Video Contest? 🙂 You’re going to have so much fun acting out stories together as a family (this was one of our favorite Sunday afternoon activities when the kids were little), and after all the entries are sent in, we will all have the fun of watching each other’s videos! It doesn’t have to be complicated. (And you don’t have to […]Read More →
The Dog Who Returns to His Vomit. Yuck.
Our elderly cat recently gave me another opportunity to contemplate life. This time I was encamped on the sofa, snuggled under a blanket, enjoying a phone call from our oldest daughter. I heard it — the dreaded retching sound that always precedes the deposit of a yucky pile of half-digested food in a most-likely-to-be-stepped-in part of the house. The retching concluded with an unpleasant liquidy sound, and the cat soon […]Read More →