Weekly Christian Parenting Challenges #21

How was your week? Are your children growing towards God or away from Him? You can go to our blog and search for posts that may help you with any of your Christian parenting dilemmas. Here are this week’s social media challenges.

Monday: Here’s the U2 room in a museum. What music do your kids enjoy? Did you know it definitely impacts their moods and even aggression levels? Whether or not it impacts other behaviors is still debated and probably depends somewhat on their personalities. Thinking about Philippians 4:8 though, do they really need curse words and words of hate in their heads and coming out of their mouths? Not all music of any genre has questionable lyrics, but having discussions about artists whose music always contains profanity and extremely ungodly messages is important.

Tuesday: A recent study found anxiety and depression levels improved in teens during the first two months of COVID lockdown. Why? Researchers believe teens were finally getting close to the recommended amount of nightly sleep and were getting more engaged attention from their parents. The take away? Teens need 8-10 hours of sleep each night and plenty of engaged time with their parents each day to help them more easily reach their godly potential. It’s in everyone’s best interest to take the lessons learned and use them to help our teens be healthier in every way.

Wednesday: Your kids are different – even if they are identical multiples. They will need slightly different things from you to build a strong spiritual foundation and grow to their godly potential. The trick is discovering how God created each one of them…their strengths, weaknesses, gifts, talents and even preferences. Having that information will make your Christian parenting much more effective. Can’t figure it out? Don’t be afraid to ask and see if your kids may have already figured out some of the answers.

Thursday: Your perspective changes when you fly. You can see things you wouldn’t notice from ground level. Sometimes you need to take a big picture view of your parenting. Who do you want your kids to be as adults? What sort of Christians do you want them to be? Are they moving in that direction? Is their faith strengthening, stagnating or growing weaker? Are they become who God created them to be or who Satan hopes they will be? Then make any needed adjustments in your parenting.

Friday: In Bible times, idols were physical images of false gods that were worshipped. Your kids are more likely to grow up to worship less obvious idols like money, careers, sports, entertainment…anything that is placed above God in their lives. You need to teach your kids about idols as much as parents in Bible times did. You will just have to define what idol worship is instead of pointing to the figurines.

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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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