Friendship Skills To Teach Your Child

Teaching Friendship Skills - Parenting Like HannahIn Teaching Kids How to Make Friends, I shared how lonely this current generation of young people appears to be. This loneliness is leading to all sorts of serious problems including depression, suicide and substance abuse. Many children are thrust into environments with only one or two adults supervising ten to thirty children for most of their waking hours from birth until adulthood.

Some of those adults are wonderful, talented people who are doing their very best, but it’s almost impossible for a teacher to parent your child. Especially when they are also parenting the children of ten and sometimes many more other families. Sadly, most teachers really aren’t talented enough to do more than the minimum academic teaching they are required to do, much less add in things like teaching kids how to make godly friends.

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Teaching Kids How to Make Friends (They Need Your Help)

Helping Children Make Friends - Parenting Like HannahThis is one post series I never thought I would have to write. I remember having friends throughout my life. Some relationships were stronger and healthier than others perhaps, but I don’t remember particularly struggling to meet people and become friends with good, kind girls and guys.

Maybe it’s technology, maybe it’s because most children today are left to their own devices with little adult supervision or real interaction the vast majority of the time or maybe it’s because they are over scheduled, but today’s children have lost the art of making real friends.

They struggle to meet new people. They aren’t sure how to change an acquaintance into a friend. They aren’t sure how to have a meaningful conversation with each other when they are together. They lack the self-confidence to be true to their core beliefs and walk away from friendships that are unhealthy. They have plenty of Facebook friends and hundreds of followers on Instagram, but have no one to share their problems and concerns with they can trust. They are lonely and alone.

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Are There Instruction Manuals For Men?

Why Don't Husbands Coem With Instructions - Parenting Like HannahAsk any parenting expert and (if they are honest) they will tell you a healthy marriage is one of the best things you can do for your kids. Unfortunately, most people don’t receive a lot of insight into the mind of their spouse before the wedding. It’s usually until the differences are beginning to cause conflict that most people start looking for a little insight and help.

Regardless of what some would have us believe, there is scientific proof men and women’s brains are wired differently. This means a married couple is trying to handle some of the most important and difficult parts of life with someone who sees the world in a very different way. Because most people aren’t clued into those normal differences and how to work together while celebrating them, often quite a bit of conflict ensues. Much of the conflict centers around the idea of why in the world the other person in the marriage would even think of saying or doing what he or she did.

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Christian Children’s Books

Christian Children's Books - Parenting Like HannahWhen I was a child, the only Christian books for children were mainly ones that retold Bible stories. If you haven’t checked out all of the new Christian picture and chapter books for kids, I would encourage you to take a look at your local Christian bookstore. Many of the books are comparable to secular books, but address character in the light of God’s will for your children.

Recently, I was given the opportunity to review God Gave Us Thankful Hearts by Lisa Bergren. A new picture book (It releases Aug. 23), this is a sweet tale of Little Pup and his unhappiness that winter is coming. Through a series of encounters during his day, Little Pup’s mom helps him realize that even though winter isn’t his favorite season, he will still have a lot of things for which to thank God.

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Christian Kids and Fun

Christian Kids and Fun - Parenting Like Hannah

Sometimes misadventures can create funny family memories. This is one of ours.

One of the saddest conversations I sometimes have with teens and young adults is when they tell me they sinned for “fun” and now they are so enmeshed in it, they can’t see their way back to God. Obviously, they can and hopefully will find their way back, but the entire journey and its negative consequences (which can last for the rest of their lives) were unnecessary.

Want to keep your children away from that path, entirely? Teach them how to have fun in godly ways. The world has this view of Christians as Puritans on steroids – boring, humorless, drab, with a constant frown or sneer on their faces and worse. Yet, it doesn’t have to be that way. You and your children can have fun and lots of it. Better yet, that fun rarely has negative consequences (omitting the occasional broken bone!) and in my personal experience godly fun is often less expensive and more fulfilling. (Plus you don’t wake up feeling horrible from all of that “fun” the next morning.)

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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)