Teaching Your Kids About God’s Timing

Teaching Your Kids About God's Timing - Parenting Like HannahThe other day I noticed the leaves were beginning to change. It seemed rather strange since we have barely had a day with temperatures below ninety degrees in months. Even though cooler weather seems to speed up the change a bit, God must have placed the trees on some sort of timer…when it’s time, those leaves are going to change. It’s God’s timing for this part of His creation.

One of the most difficult concepts for your children to understand and accept is the idea of God’s timing. None of us like to wait for something we want or think we need. Children and teens may have a particularly difficult time waiting for the things they have asked God to provide.

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Love At First Fight

Love At First Fight - Parenting Like HannahOver the years, I have become passionate about Christian parents taking the time to have a healthy marriage. I have spent untold hours listening to children cry because of the brokenness their parents’ shattered marriage has caused in their own lives. I don’t want anyone else to have the pain a broken marriage creates.

As a result, I am always looking for new resources to encourage Christian parents to work on their marriages. Recently, I was offered the chance to review Love At First Fight by Carey and Dena Dyer.

Billed as “52 Story-based meditations for married couples”, it’s a great little book for helping couples take a non-threatening look at their marriage. It sounds strange, but I think it’s cute and kind of fun the authors take a look at the disagreements they had and use them to create a catalyst for other couples to discuss their own marriages.

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Kids, Manners and God

Kids Manners and God - Parenting Like HannahRecently in Colonial Williamsburg, I was reminded that life for our children is very different from the life led by children in the Revolutionary War period in the United States. I found a great little book with George Washington’s instructions on manners – actually some of the Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation he had copied as part of his schoolwork (The rules were already 150 years old at that point.). It’s interesting to read, but something becomes clear very quickly. Children were expected to behave like little ladies and gentleman.

Fast forward to today. Manners are taught – sometimes – sorta. One could make a lot of arguments for and against raising well mannered children, but here is my theory. Christian parents should spend a lot of time and effort on manners training because of this verse (and others like it) – “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16 NIV)

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Reading To Kids From the Bible

Reading the Bible to Kids - Parenting Like HannahHave you ever read your kids a picture book or a beginning chapter book? You probably naturally did some things to make it more interesting for your child. Yet when most adults read portions of the Bible to kids, they often begin to sound like they were raised in Shakespearean England. The reading is serious and somber and not very interesting to a young child (or understandable).

I’m not going to suggest you make reading your child the Bible into some sort of comedy routine. I do think we need to remember the stories in the Bible you read to your kids are probably either true historical accounts or one of the parables Jesus told. They are well written and true. They have godly lessons to be learned. They can also hold a child spellbound and make him or her eager to read the Bible for himself (or herself).

The next time you read a Bible story to your child consider adding the following elements:

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Christian Parents As Coaches

Christian Parents As Coaches - Parenting Like HannahIf you are like me, you watched quite a bit of Olympics coverage recently. There is something fascinating about watching people do their best. I especially enjoy watching the coaches and parents. They put as much effort in their own ways into helping the athletes succeed. This summer while watching the games, I wondered what the church would look like if Christian parents thought of themselves as coaching their kids to the most important goal and reward possible – getting to Heaven.

Perhaps if parents learned what made coaches and athletes successful and put the same effort into helping their children develop strong Christian roots, we wouldn’t lose so many young people. Maybe our kids would grow to become mighty men and women of God.

I was interested when offered a chance to review a book written for parents who want to raise successful athletes. Win! by Emily Pavot interviews coaches, athletes and parents to find out what goes into the making of a successful athlete.

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Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NIV)