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Teachable Moments in Christian Parenting

Teachable Moments in Christian Parenting - Parenting Like HannahIt’s easy to get overwhelmed in parenting. The demands on our time and energy seem never ending. Christian parenting can begin to feel like an unnecessary added burden. As a Christian parent, you don’t just feel responsible for keeping your kids alive and making sure they are somewhat decent people, capable of eventually facing the adult world. You now feel this additional responsibility to do everything anyone suggests, so you can be relatively confident your kids go to Heaven for eternity!

No wonder many parents just shut down! Denial seems a lot easier than all of the extra work it appears to take to raise your kids to become strong, faithful, productive Christians. After all, you can barely get them to brush their teeth on most days.

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What’s the One Question Every Christian Parent Should Ask?

What's the One Question Every Christian Parent Should Ask? - Parenting Like HannahIf you parent a toddler, your day is filled with questions. It’s one of the many ways young children explore the world around them and begin to understand it better. Millions of words have probably been written about the questions of children. We don’t often talk, though, about the questions parents should ask. I guess we view parenting as more of an ongoing lecture or a string of requests and commands.

There are a lot of questions you need to ask your kids. Most of them you probably ask daily like “Did you brush your teeth?” or “Have you finished your homework?”. There is one question I am beginning to realize many parents don’t ask nearly enough. For Christian parents it is an essential question, because it helps you get to the heart of the situation more easily. Christian parenting after all, is a focus on shaping the hearts of our children so they will seek and obey God.

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It’s Foot Washing Time!: Fun, Flexible Family Devotional

It's Foot Washing Time!: Fun, Flexible Family Devotional - Parenting Like HannahIt’s time for another fun, flexible family devotional! Just gather the items needed from around your house. Then choose which of the three Bible stories and application principles you think your kids need the most. Grab your kids and have fun teaching them about God!

Supplies: Bible, shallow basin (a bucket or disposable aluminum roasting pan will work if needed), water, towel

Procedure: Choose one of the following Bible stories and application principles to be the focus of your lesson.

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Riddle Me This: Fun, Flexible Family Devotional

Riddle Me This: Fun, Flexible Family Devotional - Parenting Like HannahWe have started posting a series of free, fun, flexible family devotionals. Fun, because we pick an activity we think your family will enjoy. Flexible, because the activity we have chosen fits with several different Bible stories and application principles. You get to choose which story and application principle you think your kids need the most.

That’s it! Let us know what you think and if these free devotionals are encouraging your family to study the Bible together. Here’s today’s devotional:

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Fun, Flexible Family Devotional

Fun Flexible Family Devotional - Parenting Like HannahFamily devotionals are great. Many families don’t do them because they take time and energy they don’t think they have. Others hesitate because they aren’t really sure what to do. Unfortunately, by not having family devotionals, you are missing out on great opportunities to teach your kids about God and what He wants from them and for them on a regular basis.

There are great family devotional books you can purchase, but not everyone has that kind of disposable income. So, I want to start sharing with you some fun family devotionals you can do with your kids. The best part is that they will be flexible. There will be one activity, but I will suggest multiple Bible stories and applications you can use with that activity. Then you can choose which story or application lesson your kids need the most.

Ready? Here’s what you need:

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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)