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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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Theological Foundations

What’s the Purpose of the Family?

What’s the purpose of the family? Sociologists generally view the purpose of the family as procreation and socialization. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Robin S. Smith, says the socializing purpose of the family in today’s society “is to provide a safe and nurturing space in which its members can know that feeling of ‘home’ … the sense of belonging … and to pass on our legacy to the next generation.” Most mammal families give care, support, “the sense of belonging” and contribute something to “the next generation.” Surely human families have a higher purpose than animal families. The Scriptures state, “… whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus …” Colossians 3:17. Note the phrase “whatever you do.” The “whatever you do” includes being family. The higher purpose of the family is a high calling. It’s to reflect Jesus to

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Christian Parenting

Parenting God’s Way

In response to a suggestion from a colleague to reutilize some of my sermons as articles, here’s a précis of a message titled Parenting God’s Way from the Family Matters series preached at Muskoka Bible Centre. Parenting God’s Way What’s the most significant parenting passage in the Bible? Is it the fifth commandment in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:12). Is it the familiar Proverbs 22:6. Or is it another excellent text? There are, after all, more than 1,900 references in the Bible that mention parents, fathers, or mothers. The passage I have in mind is very well-known. Yet it doesn’t mention parents or families, and I’ve never heard anyone preach a parenting sermon from it. So, what is it? It’s the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. The Great Commission is arguably the Bible’s most significant Christian parenting directive because it identifies and addresses three essential questions every parent must ask

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What does the Bible say about family and What does the Bible say about Christian parenting.
Theological Foundations

What Does God Say About the Family?

What does God say about the family? This is a challenging question. Even though the family is God’s idea and was initially created by Him, the biblical references about the family aren’t easily assembled or organized. Nonetheless, and interpreting verses in the context of both testaments, here are fifteen standout biblical insights: The initial reason for the family is to reproduce, populate the world, and rule over it. “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground’” Genesis 1:28. God’s working plan for the family is to obey His Word. “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children” Deuteronomy 6:6-7. The family should be constructed on biblical

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Family Walking in nature. Ten theological truths about children.
Theological Foundations

Ten Theological Truths About Children

While educators, psychologists, academics, and others have much to say about children, God’s Word should be the foundational source for parents to learn about who children are and how we should care for them. Here are ten theological truths about children: Children are a gift from God. “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him” Psalm 127:3. God creates children, and they belong to Him (Psalm 119:73, 139:13-14, Isaiah 64:8). They’re more than the outworking of the natural order or the fruit of our labour, i.e., greater than our own making. Because children come from God, they’re a divine favour and blessing, or as the Presbyterian pastor and theologian, Eugene Peterson puts it, “his generous legacy” (MSG). New York Times bestselling author Lisa Wingate aptly says, “Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you, and their souls are the heaviest responsibility He will

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Parenting Advice From Proverbs
Christian Parenting

Parenting Advice From Proverbs

Are you looking for wise practical parenting advice – something Divinely inspired? Do you want to equip your children to worship God and live fruitful lives for Him? Here are 12 tips and texts from the Old Testament book of Proverbs that will help you parent your child God’s way: Start with God. Your most important role as a parent is facilitating your child’s relationship with God. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” Proverbs 1:7 (NIV). Honour God’s Word. It’s your responsibility (not a teacher or pastor) to equip your child to engage with God’s Word and develop a biblical worldview. “Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded” Proverbs 13:13 (ESV). Set a good example. Your actions and attitudes speak louder than your words. Mirror God’s love for children. Be careful, considerate and consistent

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Christian Parenting

God’s Plan for Parents

It seems reasonable to presume that God’s plan for parents is ideal. Yet many Christian parents aren’t parenting God’s way. Why is that, and how can parents shift from what they’re doing to what God wants them to do? Naturally inclined. Before considering God’s plan for parents, we should recognize that parenting God’s way isn’t natural. In a world dominated by the explainable and obvious, parenting typically relies on common sense and practical strategies. What naturally guides and drives most parents is what we want and how we want to do it. We rely on our instincts, judgement and intuition. We establish and shape our families’ ideals, standards and expectations as we see fit. Our normal tendency is to do what’s obvious and feels right. And we usually ignore God because, if we’re truthful, it’s easier to parent without Him. An overwhelming problem. Many Christians are parenting with an overwhelming

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Christian Parenting

More is Caught Than Taught

The adage “more is caught than taught” is undoubtedly true concerning how children learn to love and live for Jesus. Children mimic what they see. Most children want to be like their mom or dad. How are you living? You’re either living according to the world’s ways or according to God’s ways (Romans 8:5-8). Your child watches you like a hawk. Are your actions lining up with your words? Jesus must be more than a label; He must be the consuming purpose of your life. Everything we do, possibly more so than what we say, affects our children. Children may be small in stature, but they’re big in discernment. What are we really teaching our children? If we want our children to live for Jesus, they must see Jesus living in us! We’re deluded if we expect our children to do as we say rather than as we do. Children

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What is faith nurturing parenting?
Christian Parenting

Faith-Nurturing Parenting

Is faith-nurturing parenting essential? According to the 2022 findings of the Arbor Research Group, less than two-thirds of parents identifying as Christians say it’s essential for their family to connect with a faith community. The research also revealed that most parents identifying as Christians place a higher value on their children’s mental health, access to opportunities and character development than their children’s faith development. So, where does this leave us? Should parents who identify as Christians be more concerned about nurturing their children’s faith than their children’s nutrition, getting enough sleep, the influence of peers, or the responsible use of technology? Not in the view of most parents. The widely held view is that children’s faith formation, while significant, is less important than physical, emotional and relational priorities. According to the Orange/Parent Cue Report, parents who identify as Christians “consistently prioritize the same parenting values in almost every area” as

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Family Resources

Family Prayer

Family prayer is transformative. Is your family in a prayer rut? While there are many creative ways to spice up family prayer, the best thing you can do is pray Scripture. Praying Scripture Here’s something you can do together at the kitchen table. Open your Bible to one of the Psalms. Invite family members to read successive verses. As each verse is read, the reader should pause, engage their sanctified imagination and pray the verse back to God. Then the next verse is read by another family member, prayer follows, and so on. Every parent and child should pray Scripture. Praying Scripture is using God’s Word directly to inform and form the content of prayer. It’s praying the Scriptures word for word, praying the Scriptures word for word along with reflection on the words, or praying the themes of a Scripture passage in a manner that sticks close to the

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Child praying with mom. How to teach children to pray
Discipling Children

Helping Children Pray

On the human level, no one is better placed to teach children to speak to God and hear from Him than their parents. So how do we go about helping children pray? Here are three guidelines: Connecting There’s praying that sounds like a prayer and real prayer. We should never teach children that prayer is a formula – it isn’t. Real prayer is something natural and normal, so we must teach children how to pray, not what to say. We must explain and model that prayer isn’t a ritual; it’s part of a relationship with Jesus. Real prayer is an unrestricted connection of togetherness with God. So, we should teach children to pray informally and intimately. Because real prayer is innate, there’s no right way to pray, no bounded procedure or form, and strict guidelines shouldn’t limit it. Nor is prayer a method (though prayer should be consistent with biblical

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