Weekly Christian Parenting Challenges #24

Well, just when many of you were getting used to a school routine, some systems are changing again! With all of this constant change, you may be feeling the stress. Or you may not have given much thought to your Christian parenting journey because of the constant chaos. Here are this week’s social media challenges to encourage and inspire you.

Monday: Some are leaving social media because it has become toxic for them. You can read our Christian parenting blog posts and social media challenges by going to the Parenting Like Hannah website and signing up for the newsletter. You will receive three emails a week. Just be sure to open them (even if you don’t have time to read) so they don’t go in your spam folder. We do not sell or share your name with anyone. That’s www.parentinglikehannah.com.

Tuesday: These towers in Ireland were built to protect monks and their valuables, like the Bible, from Vikings. As they approached, the monks would climb a ladder and enter in that opening half way up. Then they pulled the ladder in after them. There was no ground floor access and the tower protected them. Did you know protecting your kids from evil is not only something God wants you to do, but secular science backs the need as well? The evils in the world cause stress in children when they aren’t protected from them. They can change their brain structure, have a lifetime impact on their health and in some cases even modify their DNA in negative ways…impacting their descendants. Sadly, many will mock you for protecting your kids. You can be over protective and totally shield your child from life, but that is so rare you probably will never cross that line. Protect your kids from evil. Your kids need you to be that protective tower for them.

Wednesday: Some kids seem to be born with a sunny disposition. Others…not so much. Yet God calls all of us to be grateful and to go about life without grumbling and complaining. This year has challenged even the optimists of the world. You and your kids may have developed bad habits. There’s still time to turn your family into one that is grateful, complaint free and hope filled. Find creative ways to challenge each other to break bad habits. Our recent post about a gratitude challenge with a twist could help. End this year on a positive note by filling your home with positive, godly attitudes.

Thursday: Since God created everything, it only makes sense that to reflect His image, we would be creative. Encouraging your kids’ creativity also gives them godly ways to express themselves and work off stress and anxiety. Art isn’t the only way for your kids to express their creativity. They may prefer cooking, building things, writing or dozens of other ways to express creativity. Help them find the ways God made each of them to be creative. Take it one step more. Can you help them find ways to use that creativity to serve others and share their faith? This process is one of the fun parts of parenting that can also help your kids find their role in the Kingdom, so make the time to help your kids tap into their creativity.

Friday: This sign makes sense to the people who live here, but we had to guess at the meaning. Life is like that for your kids. A lot of what you think is common knowledge or common sense is actually information you have learned over the years. You can improve your kids common sense by actually teaching them about the world and how it works. Then they don’t have to learn the slow painful way of trial and error. The same principles work for teaching them how to live the Christian life. The more time you take teaching them what God wants, the fewer unnecessary mistakes they will make.

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Thereasa Winnett

Thereasa Winnett is the founder of Teach One Reach One and blogger at Parenting Like Hannah. She holds a BA in education from the College of William and Mary. She has served in all areas of ministry to children and teens for more than thirty years and regularly leads workshops for ministries and churches. She has conducted numerous workshops, including sessions at Points of Light’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the National Urban Ministry Conference, Pepperdine Bible Lectures, and Lipscomb’s Summer Celebration. Thereasa lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Greg, where she enjoys reading, knitting, traveling and cooking.

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