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Christian Parenting Kids With Different Personalities

Christian Parenting Kids With Different Personalities - Parenting Like HannahIf you have multiple children, you probably realized each of your kids was born with a slightly or vastly different personality than your other children. In the old nature versus nurture debate, it has become increasingly clear that God created each of us to be unique. Even identical twins have differences.

So how can you differentiate your parenting and give each of your children what they need to reach their godly potential? One shortcut is to understand their personalities and what those personalities have for str nights and weaknesses.

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Christian Teens, Moms and Mentors

Christian Teens, Moms and Mentors - Parenting Like HannahDid you realize the Church was designed to provide mentors for us all? In Titus 2:3-5, Paul discusses the idea of older women teaching the younger women. (There are similar passages for men.) God knows sometimes we need someone more experienced than us to figure out what God’s Words look like lived out in every day experiences. He also knows there are some secular topics like nursing, that are easier for us if we have someone answering our questions.

Of course today, we often think we are too smart to need mentors. After all, isn’t that the function of Google? The problem is Google can’t hold your hand or give you a hug when you are upset. Google won’t actively listen to your concerns. Google doesn’t filter its “advice” for whether or not it is godly. Only fellow Christians can help us with those things.

Young people in their teens and twenties for a variety of reasons have often been left on their own to figure things out by themselves or with peers since they can remember. The idea of asking an older person to mentor them or even thinking someone older will really listen and then give something worthwhile to help is foreign to many of them.

That’s why I was intrigued when given the chance to review Face to Face: Discover How Mentoring Can Change Your Life by Jayme Hull and Laura Captari. Face to face walks young women through the concept of mentoring. The author breaks mentoring into five basic concepts to each of which she devotes a section of the book. Hull begins with making the case for the need for having a mentor and then covers how to find one, how to develop your relationship with a mentor, how to be authentic and finally how to become a mentor yourself.

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Education and Christian Kids

Education and Christian Kids - Parenting Like HannahOne of the topics that interests parents the most is the education of their children. The quality of your child’s education can change where they attend college or trade school, what types of jobs they will have and even the types of activities they can experience.

For Christians, the stakes are even higher. Your children are in school for six to ten hours a day (with extracurricular activities on site). The attitudes, philosophies, beliefs, and behaviors your children are taught by teachers or peers can shake, destroy or help build the faith foundations of your kids.

Sweeping generalizations are great, but often don’t work in education. My child had a very godly teacher in a public school. My friends have had “interesting” things taught to their kids in Christian schools. Even homeschooling has its share of questionable religious teaching hidden in some of the available textbooks and curricula.

So how do parents sort through all of the choices and pick the best option for their children? Everyone thinks their child’s school is the best, but is yours really good for your children? How do you know for sure? It can be overwhelming, even for those of us with degrees in education.

So, I was interested when offered the chance to review Education A La Carte by Dr. Kevin Leman. Leman looks at all of the options available to parents and discusses the pros and cons. Throughout, he weaves the story of his own somewhat disastrous educational experiences as well as some experiences others have had with the various options.

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Can Moms Dare to Hope?

Can Moms Dare to Hope? - Parenting Like HannahEvery mother has a unique set of issues with which she is dealing as she parents. Perhaps your child has special needs. Or maybe you have a child who is suffering from serous illness. Or you may struggle with your kids’ attitudes or misbehavior. Perhaps your financial struggle is so deep, you find it difficult to feed your children. Maybe your husband is no longer in the picture and what you thought would be a shared parenting journey is now a solo one.

Whatever your struggles, it can be easy to lose hope at times. Even the strongest Christian can question when God will intervene or perhaps even if He cares about our woes. Look at King David – the man after God’s own heart – and read his Psalms. Yet, we do know our hope is built on God and His promises – sometimes we just need a little perspective and reminder.

I will be honest. I was excited when given the opportunity to review Katie Majors new book Daring to Hope. Many of you may know her better by her maiden name – Katie Davis and her original book Kisses for Katie. Katie Davis was a young college aged woman, who through a variety of circumstances ended up living and ministering in Uganda. Oh, and she adopted multiple children as a young single woman!

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Becoming a Resilient Christian Mom

Becoming a Resilient Christian Mom - Parenting Like HannahLife in this fallen world can be hard. Bad things happen for a variety of reasons. Sometimes these things are so hard, people can become stuck swirling in the negativity of the event for the rest of their lives.

Unfortunately, Christian moms don’t really have the option to become stuck. To help your kids grow, thrive and develop a strong spiritual foundation, you have to be moving forward with them.

So if something has happened in your life that has you stuck, what can you do? How can you become resilient and help yourself move forward so you can parent your kids as effectively as possible? It’s not always easy, but it is possible and a new book may give you the extra help you need.

Becoming Resilient by Donna Gibbs aims to help the reader learn how to “move through suffering and come back stronger.” She gives sound, practical advice through the lens of a Christian worldview.

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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)