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Raising children in God’s way is a lifelong task that continues every day. 

Christian Parenting Basics is a collation of curated blog posts, podcasts, videos and resources to help you intentionally disciple your children and strengthen family faith formation. 

faith at home

Christian parenting basics

Raising children in God’s way is a lifelong task that continues every day. 

Christian Parenting Basics is a collation of curated blog posts, podcasts, videos and resources to help you intentionally disciple your children and strengthen family faith formation. 

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Theological Foundations

God’s Perspective of Children: Insights from the Bible

God’s perspective of children What’s God’s perspective of children? The well-known children’s song “Jesus loves the little children” proclaims how “all are precious in His sight.” It should, therefore, come as no surprise to discover that children are present and prominent throughout the Bible, sometimes performing vital and critical roles in the unfolding story of God’s plan to restore us to Him. Insights from the Bible To God, children are … A precious gift. Children are a blessing and reward from the Lord (Psalm 127:3), for which we should be thankful. They are never mistakes or accidents and should never be treated with contempt (Matthew 18:10). Unreservedly loved. Jesus enthusiastically welcomes and embraces children (Matthew 19:13-15). We should never sideline children. God loves children wholeheartedly and unconditionally, and so should we. Deserving of salvation. God wants every child to become part of His family through faith in Christ Jesus. There

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Dad and Lad Podcast

Family On Mission: Building a Christian Home

In this episode of the Dad and Lad Podcast, Jonathan and Lawson discuss what it means to be a family on mission and how families can be missional.

What is a family on mission?

Why should families be missional?

Why is it important to follow God as a household?

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Christian Parenting

Raising Children of Faith: The Significance of Child Dedication

Child dedication enables parents to declare their commitment and desire to raise children in the way of the Lord according to Scripture – to devote both their children and their parenting to God. The origins of child dedication, rooted in the Old and New Testaments (e.g. Exodus 13:2, 1 Samuel 1:11, Luke 2:22), were common Jewish practices. While not a command for Christians, it’s a way for parents to entrust their children to God’s care. Have you dedicated your children to the Lord? Here are twelve reasons why child dedication is important: 1. What you do as a parent leads to outcomes that impact your children throughout their adult lives. 2. Child dedication demonstrates intentionality to take an active part in the faith development of your children through their formative and teenage years. 3. If you don’t dedicate your children to the Lord, you’re dedicating them to the world by

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Christian Parenting

Decoding Proverbs 22:6: A Deeper Look into Biblical Parenting

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” Proverbs 22:6. Decoding Proverbs 22:6. It’s a straightforward verse. Right? Wrong! This isn’t an easy verse to interpret. Let’s begin with the genre. The term “proverb” comes from the Hebrew root word meaning “to be like.” Proverbs are comparisons that illustrate truths about life. One of the best-known Welsh proverbs is, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Does it mean we’ll never get sick if we eat an apple daily? No. The “apple a day” proverb teaches us that eating nutritious food helps us stay healthy. Considerations. Biblical proverbs are not promises or prophecies. Proverbs 22:6 does not assure you that if you teach your children about God, they won’t stray from Him when they leave your home. And it’s not a prediction of what’s to come.

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Dad and Lad Podcast

Wisdom: Building a Christian Home

In this episode of the Dad and Lad Podcast, Lawson and Jonathan discuss the importance of “wisdom” in Christian parenting. Wisdom is essential for building a Christian home. So what is it? What does the Bible say about it? How can parents tap into it? And what practical insights can we glean about parenting from Proverbs 24:3-4? Proverbs 24:3-4 By wisdom, a house is built and by understanding, it is established by knowledge. The rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. Wisdom – Building a Christian Home | RSS.com About the Dad and Lad Podcast The Dad and Lad Podcast is hosted by Lawson and Jonathan, a father-son team who serve together at Scripture Union Canada. In their discussions, they consider Christian parenting from a biblical perspective – unpacking various scriptures and related themes. Jonathan and Lawson like to discuss theology, share stories, and keep things simple and

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Christian Grandparenting

Christian Grandparenting: Roles and Responsibilities

Christian grandparenting … What is Christian grandparenting? Are there distinct roles and responsibilities? How is Christian grandparenting different from secular grandparenting? Read on for some answers. An Unclear Role Many grandparents are uncertain, ambiguous or confused about their purpose and roles. How should they interact with their grandchildren? Social contract experts promote closeness at a distance, personal autonomy, and non-interference. According to popular culture, being a senior is enjoying a leisurely lifestyle, socializing with peers, and focusing on oneself. As author Andrew Blechman identifies in his book Leisureville, the senior years are about independence and indulgence. It is little wonder that many grandparents find themselves on the periphery of family life. Is this what God intended? Is grandparenting mainly about adoring our grandchildren from a safe distance, sometimes caring for them, and occasionally spoiling them? Or is there a higher calling? One with meaning and intentionality that transcends marginal or

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Grandfather and grandson riding bike. What is your spiritual legacy
Christian Grandparenting

Beyond Wills: Nurturing a Spiritual Legacy for Your Children and Grandchildren

Maybe because I’m middle-aged, I’ve been musing about nurturing a spiritual legacy for my children and grandchildren. My reflections prompted the writing of this post. Beyond wills. Our lives shape the future lives of our children and grandchildren … Most parents have a legal document itemizing the distribution of their assets and the care of any minor children after their death. I have a written, notarized will. Every parent and grandparent should have one. But a legal will, as crucial as it is, isn’t as important as passing our Christian values and beliefs from one generation to the next. Pericles, the Greek politician and general during the Golden Age of Athens (5th Century BC) said, “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” A spiritual inheritance is more important than a physical inheritance. The Scriptures say, “We

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Parenting with purpose. What do you want for your child or children? Do you want what God wants? Are you aligning your goals with God’s will?
Christian Parenting

Parenting with Purpose: Aligning Your Goals with God’s Will

According to a survey of more than 5000 parents in 16 countries by the investment bank HSBC, the main thing parents want for their children is happiness. Parents also want their children to become successful, be safe, embrace healthy lifestyles, be responsible, and have great careers. Parenting with purpose. What do you want for your child or children? Do you want what God wants? Are you aligning your goals with God’s will? God wants children to come to Him (cf. Matthew 19:14). If God wants children to come to Him, then the main thing Christian parents should want for their children is a vibrant relationship with Jesus. Consider this verse: “Jesus Christ … gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good” Titus 2:13-14. Note the phrase, “that are his very own.” Jesus wants children who

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Christian Parenting

A Biblical Blueprint for Parenting: Embracing the Great Priority of Deuteronomy 6:1-9

A biblical blueprint for parenting. In the New Testament, we have the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). In the Old Testament, we have the Great Priority (Deuteronomy 6:1-9). I call the Deuteronomy 6 passage the Great Priority because its significance is supreme. This is a sit-up and pay-attention text! And more. It’s a biblical blueprint for parenting and faith formation in the home. Embracing the Great Priority. According to Deuteronomy 6:1-9, there are four things parents should do: Obey God (v.1-3) The Great Priority begins in verse one, with Moses reminding the Israelites that God “directed” him to teach them God’s Word. The word translated as “teach” means training that leads to a change in conduct. Teaching God’s Word isn’t an intellectual exercise. Nor is it offering opinions or making suggestions. It’s proclaiming God’s Word as truth to be obeyed. That’s why Christian parenting starts

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