The Only Christian Parenting Resolution You Need to Make

The Only Christian Parenting Resolution You Need to Make - Parenting Like HannahNew Year’s Eve is fast approaching. With it, comes reflection and a desire to improve ourselves. We make resolutions to totally change things in our lives. Forget baby steps. We’re talking “one giant leap for mankind” types of resolutions! We have the best of intentions, but most of them will never truly become a part of our lives.

You may have read Parenting Like Hannah posts and thought, “We need to start doing that”. Or perhaps you read a great parenting book with some tips you wanted to try. Yet, just like New Year’s resolutions, life got in the way and the changes your kids needed never became a permanent part of your parenting.

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Do Kids Need More “Old People” in Their Lives?

Do Kids Need More "Old People" in Their Lives? - Parenting Like HannahIf your children can speak, you probably realize they consider you and anyone else close to your age “old”. I laugh now, because I will talk to friends from home and they will mention someone is “getting older”. In my memory, that person had to be at least in their 60’s or 70’s when I was a child. Inevitably, I will ask “What?! Isn’t she over 125 by now?” Usually, I realize the “old” person had actually been only in their 30’s or 40’s when I was little!

There is something about being young that makes it seem as if anyone older than your peer group is ancient. An arrogance develops as children age. By the time they reach college, many young people have dismissed anyone over the age of 30 as out-of-touch and unable to teach them anything valuable.

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Struggling Christian Parents

Struggling Christian Parents - Parenting Like HannahIf parenting is hard, Christian parenting can take it to even higher levels of difficulty. The stakes are understood better, which means parenting decisions have possibly greater consequences. And being a Christian doesn’t mean you are spared from the difficulties of living in a fallen world. Your kids still get sick, things break down and on and on.

What if though, you could “trust that God offers you a path to grow stronger, smarter and more like Jesus through it all”? In The Struggle is Real, author Nicole Unice attempts to help you do just that.

Unice breaks the book into two main sections. The first is about the struggle between life the way most of us are living it and life the way God wanted it to be for us. She covers some topics we don’t often discuss, like the need to accept struggle and hardships as a way to spiritual growth. She also tackles the idea of how the things that have happened to us in our lives can change the way we view God and life.

The second half of the book is about how to live life more as God intended us to live it. She spends a lot of time explaining what she calls the “freedom cycle”. In her mind, this illustrates the life God calls us to live. Doing things that interrupt this cycle, she believes, is what throws us off balance.

Perhaps, it was my frame of mind when reading the book, but I felt like it was a slow read. It’s not that it is poorly written, but more that it reads like a textbook to an extent. There is a lot of theory, some story telling and some scripture. There wasn’t anything I particularly objected to as much as there wasn’t anything that grabbed my interest. Perhaps if I felt stuck in my life, I would have read it with more enthusiasm.

I will say that one point she made about sarcasm being thinly veiled contempt, really is something we all need to be more aware of as Christians. There is an idea that sarcasm equates to intelligence and is therefore valued as a type of humor everyone should strive to make a part of their conversations. I believe, for most of us though, the author is correct – sarcasm shows the exact opposite of love towards others. There is a fine line between sarcasm and mean humor and the vast majority of people end up just sounding cruel.

As for the rest of the book, I think it could help you if you are living a Christian life that is more secular than truly the life God meant for us. I’m just not sure how much it will energize you to make needed changes.

 

 

 

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Christian Parenting: Does Quality or Quantity Time Make the Difference?

Christian Parenting: Does Quality or Quantity Time Make the Difference? - Parenting Like HannahThere was an interesting article in the New York Post this weekend. The thrust of the article was that parents aren’t doing anything positive by occasionally having lunch with their kids at school. Read closely though, and you will notice the main “source” is someone who seems to resent her child constantly bugging her to come have lunch at school with him or her.

The modern parenting narrative has become one in which the parent’s wants and needs always come before the wants and needs of the child. We pretend there are parents who are overly involved in the lives of their children, but the sad truth is the vast majority of kids don’t get any of the things they really need from their parents. Instead parents provide lots of “stuff” and swoop in to “save the day” if Johnny or Susie becomes unhappy for some reason.

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Top Tips for Curing a “Sassy Mouth”

Top Tips for Curing a "Sassy Mouth" - Parenting Like HannahNothing bothers me more as a parent than to hear an adult encourage kids to “be sassy”. As if this is a trait to be admired! Many adults find disrespectful talk hysterically funny – especially from the mouths of young children. Of course, laughter just encourages the “sassy” child to continue speaking disrespectfully in hopes of getting more “positive” attention.

Unfortunately, “sassy” speech can quickly become a bad habit. Your sweet child will sound increasingly mean and disrespectful as he or she grows older. By then, it will be much more difficult to correct the speech patterns and attitudes that have developed. Even sarcasm, often considered the humor of the intelligent, is thinly veiled contempt – another form of “sassy” speech. We know God wants our children to speak in ways that are loving, kind and respectful. How can we train them to speak the way God wants them to speak to others?

It’s definitely easier to train or disciple your child in any godly behavior when you can count on other adults to reinforce what you are teaching them. Even if you don’t have that support system though, there are things you can do at home to move your child towards more godly speech.

Here are my six favorite tips:

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