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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. 

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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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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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Parenting Through Adversity: Keeping Jesus at the Center
Christian Parenting

Parenting Through Adversity: Keeping Jesus at the Center

Parenting through adversity. Are you parenting through adversity? If you are, you’re probably thinking about keeping your children safe, allaying their fears, explaining what’s happening, helping them adjust, finding things to do, figuring out how to lower the stress levels in your home, and much more. It’s not easy. You’re juggling practical, emotional, psychological and spiritual concerns. While there are many things to consider when parenting under challenging circumstances, what’s your number one priority? Now, I don’t ask the question to raise your stress level but to lower it. Knowing what matters most during tough times should help you set aside the trivial and do what’s urgent. As the German literary figure Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wisely reminds us, “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” What matters most? So, what matters most? What is the one thing you should do over

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Biblical Parenting Raising Children in the Word
Christian Parenting

Biblical Parenting: Raising Children in the Word

Biblical parenting. Are you raising your children in the Word? How’s it going for you? Seventeenth-century author John Wilmot said, “Before I got married, I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children and no theories!” Parenting is complex. But what if we could encapsulate the Bible’s teaching about the essence of Christian parenting in one sentence? What would that sentence be? Here it is! “Impress them (the Scriptures) on your children” Deuteronomy 6:7 (NIV). The word translated as “impress” in the New International Version is rendered “diligently” in the English Standard Version and “repeat them again and again” in the New Living Translation. “Again and again” means frequently. Christian parenting repeatedly connects children with God’s Word until they become immersed in it. There are many practical ways to do this. Have Scripture songs regularly playing in your home. Memorize the Scriptures with your children. Read

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Family Resources

Scriptures to Encourage your Children

Scriptures to encourage your children … While there are many quotes and good things we can say to inspire and reassure children, there’s nothing better than sharing God’s Word with them. So, here are twenty Scriptures to encourage your children (below). Use them to point your children to Jesus throughout the day. And think of creative ways to share them. Write one on a Post-it note and stick it on the bathroom mirror. Include one in a lunch box, make a card, or send one as a text if you have older children. You are the pride of your parents (Proverbs 17:6). You’re the crown of your grandparents (Proverbs 17:6). You are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). Nothing makes me happier than hearing that you’re walking in the truth! (3 John 3:4). You are a real blessing! (Psalm 127:3). You’re wonderfully complex and marvellously made (Psalm 139:14). You

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Christian Parenting

Parenting With Grace

Parenting with grace. The author Paul Tripp says, “There is nothing more important to consistent, faithful, patient, loving, and effective parenting than to understand what God has given you in the grace of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Grace isn’t a thing; it’s a person that comes to us only in Christ Himself. Grace is all you need. It’s sufficient for every parenting moment regardless of how you’re feeling or what you’re dealing with (cf. 2 Corinthians 12:9). In fact, grace is one of God’s greatest gifts to parents. Receiving grace. There are no perfect human parents, not now, not ever. Every parent is inadequate, makes mistakes, and regrets some of the things they’ve said or done. As we well know, parenting is challenging. But it should be because it’s in our struggles, stressful unknowns, and parenting shortcomings that God shows us our need for Him. If parenting were

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Family playing on kitchen floor with toys. Building a Christian Home. How do we help our family to have faith? How to give our children a lasting faith
Faith at Home

Building a Christian Home

One of my colleagues encouraged me to repurpose some of my messages from the Family Matters series as articles. What follows is extracts from a sermon titled Building a Christian Home, based on Proverbs 24:3-4. Building a Christian Home The average Christian child or youth in North America attends a church service 1.7 times a month. That’s 24 times a year! That’s not much. Anyone who knows anything about children’s faith formation would agree that it’s impossible to establish a child’s confidence or trust in God in only one day a year. Yet the strategy of many Christian parents is to entrust their children’s faith formation to the local church. The average parent has 3,000 hours a year interacting with their children. That’s 125 days a year! The potential of three-thousand hours of faith formation in the home versus twenty-four hours in the church is staggering. Parents, God’s plan is

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