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Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids the Parables of Jesus

Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids the Parables of Jesus - Parenting Like HannahHave you ever thought about why Jesus used parables at times to teach people? Perhaps it was because he was trying to help the people understand concepts that were difficult to understand or entirely new to them. Jesus knew that by comparing them to relatable things and circumstances, they could better understand the lessons he wanted them to learn.

For your children, many of the common every day things Jesus talks about in his parables have little if any emotional connection to your kids. Adults can process them intellectually, but kids and teens may not have the life experience or empathy to do so. Yet these are vital lessons Jesus wants your kids to understand.

Thankfully, there are some fun ways to help your kids experience and better understand those parables. You can do them as a family devotional or just a little life lesson during your day. There are probably a lot of things you can do, but here are some ideas to get you started.

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Fun Activity To Help Kids Learn About Loving Others

Fun Activities to Help Kids Learn About Loving Others - Parenting Like HannahGod’s love for us is at the very root of Christianity. I’m sure you are teaching your kids to love others. Love is complicated though. It’s not just butterflies in your stomach or finding a friend who enjoys the same things you do. True agape love is loving people even when you have nothing in common with them. It’s the ability to love people even if you don’t particularly like them at the moment. It’s even what makes it possible to love our enemies.

There is a fun activity you can do with your kids to help them begin to understand love is unconditional. Gather up some paper and some pens and markers or crayons. If you want to get really creative, cut out the paper in the shape of a heart or buy those inexpensive heart-shaped blank books.

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Fun Ways to Use Zoos to Teach Your Kids About the Bible

Using Zoos to Teach Your Kids About the Bible - Parenting Like HannahOne of the most important gifts you can give your children is the ability to see God is alive and working in our world today. Some parents struggle with how best to show God to their kids. They get wrapped up in the difficulties of explaining God when He isn’t visible in the room. Sometimes their children will grow up to reject God because no one ever taught them where to look for Him.

The funny thing is the Bible tells us exactly where to show our kids God, so they will believe – in His creation. “Ever since the world was created it has been possible to see the qualities of God that are not seen. I’m talking about his eternal power and about the fact that he is God. Those things can be seen in what he has made. So people have no excuse for what they do.” (Romans 1:20 NIrV) 

What’s more, God’s creation can also help your kids learn and understand more Bible stories and a host of other Bible skills. And what better place to see a great variety of God’s creation than a zoo? There are probably a lot of things you can teach your kids about God at the zoo, but here are some of my favorite things to do:

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Using Books for Family Devotionals

Using Books for Family Devotionals - Parenting Like HannahI am a huge fan of family devotionals. To me, it’s not the formality of it that’s important, but rather the subtle and not so subtle messages having regular family devotionals give to your kids. If you didn’t grow up having devotionals in your home, you may be a bit intimated by the idea. Perhaps you feel you don’t know enough yourself to be teaching your kids about the Bible. I am confident you can do it, but I totally understand wanting the reassurance a family devotional book can give.

Since I am always on the lookout for resources to help you on your Christian parenting journey, I was excited when given the opportunity to review a new book of family devotionals. Kingdom Family Devotional by Tony and Jonathan Evans has a format that I really appreciate. Not only does it contain enough devotionals to last an entire year, but each week has a theme and within each week there is a devotional for five different days.

I love the idea that each week your family can focus on one topic. So for example, one week your family can focus on self-control and another week spend the week reflecting on what it looks like to be a godly woman or a godly man. It encourages the readers to spend time outside of the actual family devotional time talking about and thinking about the topic for the week. I would think it could be a great motivator for parents to take advantage of the teachable moments that week a little more intentionally.

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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.

 

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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)