The Softest and Hardest Parenting Verse In The Bible

The Softest and Hardest Parenting Verse In The Bible

Proverbs 22:6 is a difficult verse to handle. I've wrestled with it for years, seeing it as too comforting and too condemning, too simple and too hard. But I believe I'm arriving at a middle ground of understanding.

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Six Keys To Help Your Children Process National Tragedies

Six Keys To Help Your Children Process National Tragedies

National tragedies, like what recently occurred in France, can dominate the news so much that even small children grow concerned. Here are six steps you can take to help your children deal with these disturbing events.

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Grace & Hope Are The Family's Safety Net

Grace & Hope Are The Family's Safety Net

My friend, Jeremy Carroll, is right in the middle of raising a wonderful gaggle of kids, along with his wife Janna. He's written an important piece and you can find it in its original form at www.jeremypcarroll.com. We all want our kids to succeed, but a dose of failure (with a safety net) is often what they really need. I've asked his permission to bring it to you here. Find out how to provide the right safety net.

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Halloween: Heathen or Harmless?

Halloween: Heathen or Harmless?

Halloween is one of those holidays I have trouble with. I remember the fun I had as a kid, but the images of demons, witches, zombies, and ghosts, along with the dark origins of the day, make me wonder if I'm supporting something ungodly.

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Raise An Empathetic Child

Raise An Empathetic Child

How can parents raise empathetic, rather than antisocial kids? Research suggests that some things work, and some don't. 

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A War On Men?

A War On Men?

There's something hurting men and manhood today. I reject the idea that women's gains means that men must slip in value or importance. We need to see the unhealthy trends affecting our society and begin to strengthen the concept of Biblical manhood. 

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Could You Pass This Paternity Test?

Could You Pass This Paternity Test?

The miracle of parenting provides important theological truths to us. Jesus taught about birth and new life to someone who should have known this truth. But Nicodemus, who came to Jesus by night, didn't. And maybe some of us don't know it either.

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Your Motive For Discipline Must Overrule Your Emotions

Your Motive For Discipline Must Overrule Your Emotions

Parents feel a range of emotions when their children disobey. Emotions can be good, but responding based on emotion alone is dangerous. Learn to identify and manage your emotions as you choose your course of action with your children.

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Parenting Picky Eaters

Parenting Picky Eaters

Kids go through phases in how much they eat. Parents fear the worst when their kids are picky eaters, but usually this is unfounded fear. Yet studies show there are emotional consequences for severely picky eaters, so parents need to be sensitive, and arm themselves with some new tactics. 

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Encourage Your Spouse's Parenting Efforts

Encourage Your Spouse's Parenting Efforts

Sometimes parenting pits husband and wife against each other. We must take every chance to build each other up. Look for the great things your spouse does, and shower her/him with compliments.

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Shape The Future--Teach A Child

Shape The Future--Teach A Child

Ever wonder if a small thing you do today might have far-reaching effects? Consider this story, then consider how you can shape the future by shaping the life of a child.

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Build Relationship With Your Kids

Build Relationship With Your Kids

Parents naturally work with their kids to change behavior and teach important habits. It's easy to work so hard on behavior that we neglect the heart qualities that are most important. Building a relationship with your kids allows you to have a greater influence both on your child's heart and their behavior.

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WWJD (to discipline a child)?

WWJD (to discipline a child)?

Some of the most important teachings of the Bible are found when we study the actions of God--His "ways." While we must confirm our deductions about His ways with God's direct instructions, His indirect modeling can give us great insight. What can we learn from Jesus's interaction with His disciples?

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The Defense of Marriage Requires An Attitude, Not An Act

The Defense of Marriage Requires An Attitude, Not An Act

There's more to the defense of marriage than the passage or negation of a bill in Congress. The whole institution, regardless of definition, has lost value to the current generation. And this should scare us. 

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The Wonders of Science for Kids

The Wonders of Science for Kids

Some Christians are scared of science. We shouldn't be. It's one way of exploring the amazing mind of God! This isn't a creationism vs. evolution debate article. It's simply a lesson for parents on a way to think about and use science as you interact with your children. You'll know science, and your kids, better if you consider these tips.

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Protecting Our Children

Protecting Our Children

Sometimes parents drop the ball in their role as gatekeepers for media content. It takes time, engagement, and active monitoring. But our children need us to guard the gate.

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Life Lessons from The Avengers

What can you learn from a totally over the top action movie? In between the thousand or so action sequences, there are two human relationship stories that caught my eye. Superheroes are people too, it turns out.

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An Enemy At Your Gate

An Enemy At Your Gate

Our culture sees unrestrained sexual expression as freedom and progress. But the truth is, unrestraint is ravishing our youngest citizens. The enemy is no longer outside our gates. The wall has been breeched, and only a radical salvation will rescue us. We'll focus on the problem today and find solutions next post.

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Five Ways To Build Relationship With Your Kids

Five Ways To Build Relationship With Your Kids

If we aren't careful, we can indicate to our children that we care more about rules than relationship. Parents fall into this trap when they become more focused on the outward behavior of their children than on the relationship they are building. God wants good behavior in His kids, but His priority is to restore and maintain relationship with us. Here are five suggestions to build relationship with your kids.

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A Toolbox of Consequences

A Toolbox of Consequences

Sometimes even our best discipline tool stops working and we need to try another one. That's why parents need to have several strategies (consequences) in their toolbox. At the National Center for Biblical Parenting, we teach parents to consider a whole toolbox of consequences along with when to use each. Here's a quick overview of four of those tools.

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