Weekly Christian Parenting Challenges #6

It’s hard to catch everything on social media, so here are the Christian parenting challenges for the last week. You can use them in the coming week or in any way you find helpful.

Monday: Think of your children’s minds as rooms. They will be filled with what they see, hear, experience, watch, listen, read and learn. If good things were beautiful decorations and things that were dark, depressing, evil and sinful were ugly ones…how would each of your children’s mind rooms look right now? They can’t avoid seeing and experiencing some bad things, but too many children have heads full of horrid things that were put there by the entertainment they choose and are purely optional. Teach them to filter every entertainment choice through Philippians 4:8 and to choose wisely.

Tuesday: “Things that matter are hard”. It’s a line from a movie, but it’s true. Parenting well isn’t easy. Christian parenting well is exponentially more difficult. But isn’t it worth putting in a lot of time and effort to give your kids the strongest faith foundations possible…to give them the best possible chance of making life choices that will make it possible for them to spend eternity in Heaven?

Wednesday: In some ways your kids see the world through your eyes. When you see something beautiful, do you talk about God as the amazing Creator? When you see something crafted by human hands, do you talk about the gifts God gives us so we can do things? When something good happens, do you tell your kids every blessing comes from God? Or do you talk about Mother Nature, brilliant minds and good luck? How you frame the world for your kids is part of their spiritual foundation. Remember to point them to God at every opportunity.

Thursday: Try to take your kids on a walk today. Ask them to point to things that are gifts from God or make them think of God. You don’t have to go far. These are sights within easy walking distance of our home in suburban Atlanta. Spend the rest of the time really listening to what your kids want to tell you or just having silly fun. It’s a great way to spend time on a summer day!

Friday: This roof garden can serve more than one purpose. While it’s growing something needed, it’s also insulating the building below it. Christian parenting can actually be a bit easier when you realize one activity or outing with your kids can serve multiple purposes. When thinking about things to do with your kids, consider how you can also strengthen your relationship or point them to God in some way. You can have fun together and Christian parent at the same time.

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Thereasa Winnett

Thereasa Winnett is the founder of Teach One Reach One and blogger at Parenting Like Hannah. She holds a BA in education from the College of William and Mary. She has served in all areas of ministry to children and teens for more than thirty years and regularly leads workshops for ministries and churches. She has conducted numerous workshops, including sessions at Points of Light’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the National Urban Ministry Conference, Pepperdine Bible Lectures, and Lipscomb’s Summer Celebration. Thereasa lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Greg, where she enjoys reading, knitting, traveling and cooking.

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