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The Most Important Thing to Teach Your Children About Modesty

The Most Important Thing to Teach Your Kids About Modesty - Parenting Like Hannah

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“Play not the Peacock, looking everywhere about you to see if you be well deck’t.” Unless you are a huge history fan, you probably didn’t know George Washington had a list of rules to live by that he shared with others. (This was rule #54!) He was known for his humility or modesty and thought it was an important quality of well bred people.

In modern society, modesty has come to mean how much of the naked body a female exposes to the world. I remember vividly having to measure the distance between the bottom of my shorts and my knees in order to attend summer Bible camp. While we don’t want our kids to have clothing that exposes private areas, I always bristled at the idea that it was somehow my fault if a man lusted after me. I had been in urban areas enough times to have men catcall in the middle of winter when everything was covered but my eyes. I wasn’t convinced an extra inch of covered leg would matter to those men.

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Join Our New Parenting Like Hannah Community

Join Our New Parenting Like Hannah Community - Parenting Like HannahWe are so excited about our latest free resource for Christian parents! Many of you have been asking for a private community Facebook group. We heard you and it’s live now! The Parenting Like Hannah Community is a safe place for Christian parents to be encouraged and challenged on their Christian parenting journey.

 

Community members will have access to special content including:
– live chats
– in depth discussions of blog content
– first look at new resources
– priority registration for learning intensives
– opportunities to have your parenting questions answered by more experienced moms

Christian Families and the Kindness Challenge

Christian Families and the Kindness Challenge - Parenting Like HannahUnless you have been living on another planet for the last few years, you may have noticed there is an increasing lack of kindness in our world. It seems everyone has lost the filter that keeps them from saying and doing every hurtful, hateful thing that enters their minds. Sadly, even Christians have not seemed to be totally immune to this virus of unkindness.

When anyone teaches on the Fruit of the Spirit, they seem to fly right over kindness. It’s definitely on the list though, right after love, joy, peace and patience. Yet, I have never heard sermons or read articles and books on the idea that God expects his people to be kind. Period.

I was interested naturally, when a book on kindness was finally offered to me to review. It was by one of my favorite Christian authors, Shaunti Feldhahn. Her books on marriage are great, because they combine God’s commands and principles with hard, cold facts, leaving no wiggle room for avoiding what you must do.

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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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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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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)