Ever looked at the Bible as a parent or guardian and thought, how on earth does this apply to me and the kids in my care? What wisdom can I use in this situation? Or how do I instruct and discipline my kids?
Doug and Nancy Wilson of Moscow, ID, USA give two long parenting series talks after sermons in Ephesians and Zephaniah asking just these questions, and many others:
Questions from the Q&A:
0:50 – Is there ever a good time to ask your child: “How do you think that makes me feel?”
1:53 – Is there ever a time to ask: “How do you think that makes her (your mom) feel?”
5:30 – Can a parent ever ask the question “How do you think that makes me or her feel?” effectively?
6:49 – Is there a way to use scripture effectively without embittering your children towards it?
8:16 — Is there a way to use scripture effectively without embittering your children towards it?
8:37 — How do you consistently discipline your child and at the same time show them liberty and freedom?
11:48 — How do you become a house of “Yes” without spoiling your children? 17:38 — Can using scripture to teach and admonish your children become abused or done wrongly?
24:10 — Can you talk about the steps you took to not take things personally when your children disobey?
27:03 — What steps did you take to both be on the same page when it came to disciplining your children?
32:13 — What should doing devotions as a young married couple look like? Doing devotions with your children?
36:14 — How involved should you be in your child’s private devotions?
41:28 — How do you prioritize sins/issues to deal with when dad gets home? 46:40 — How does mom not be the dump truck when dad gets home?
48:35 — How do you apologize to your kids? Any thoughts on television for your kids?
54:45 — Is there a time and a place to not discipline your kids?
57:17 — What if your kids know what they did wrong and explained why they needed a spanking, but asked, “Can we not talk about it afterwards?”
Four other resources we’ve found helpful lately are:
- Fit to Burst by Rachel Jankovic (on having a Christlike posture, from the heart, towards our kids)
- Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic (a series of essays and reflections on the high calling and trials of motherhood)
- “Don’t Make Me Count to Three!” by Ginger Hubbard (simple, purposeful, practical application of the book of Proverbs and NT instructions to discipline, teaching, the heart, and our words/behaviour/attitude)
- Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Paul Tripp (principles and applications of seeing the heart issues underlying behaviour)