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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Let’s Sing! – Fun, Flexible Family Devotional

Let's Sing! - Fun, Flexible Family Devotional - Parenting Like HannahToday’s fun, flexible family devotional is about songs. Don’t worry! You don’t have to be musical to enjoy this devotional. This week even the activity is a bit flexible. You can use Christian music you own or can access through Spotify or the radio.

Those of you who are a little musical can even try composing a worship song with your kids (we will give you some hints to make it easier!). As always, you pick the Bible story and application principle that you feel best meets the needs of your kids.

Supplies: Bible, Christian music (If you don’t own any, try free Spotify or Christian radio.)

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936 Pennies:The Intentional Christian Parent

936 Pennies:The Intentional Christian Parent - Parenting Like Hannah936 pennies. It sounds like a lot if you are five years old and someone offers to give them to you. As a parent though, it’s a rapidly shrinking number representing the weeks you have to raise your child from birth to age eighteen. As someone whose child is about ready to graduate from college, I am all too aware of how quickly those pennies disappear. Oh, you are still blessed with some extra pennies when your adult child is on a break from school or your family vacations are taken together. Those bonus pennies are different though.

I was interested to see what this young mom had to write about her discovery of the meaning of those 936 pennies for each of her young sons. 936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting by Eryn Lynum is a book designed to make you slow down and reflect. It’s not a list of how-to’s. It’s not filled with tips or great ideas. Yes, there are a few sprinkled here and there, but it seems the author is content to take a stroll with the reader reflecting on what intentional parenting is or perhaps should be.

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How to Play With Kids (And Teach Them About God)

How to Play With Kids (And Teach Them About God) - Parenting Like HannahOne of our new Teach One Reach One workshops is for parents of children who have experienced trauma and abuse. As I was working through it, I realized just how much we can teach our kids about what God wants for them and from them by being more intentional when we play with them.

Playing with your kids is so important.. Learning through play only works well when your kids are playing with you. Playing with other kids the same age (with no adult interaction) doesn’t work well for learning godly principles and behaviors. In fact, it can reinforce bad habits. Having an adult interact with them during play is what really helps kids learn godly principles.

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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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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)