FAMILY AND PARENTING
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
I Corinthians 13:4-7
Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
For You O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.
And these Words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up.
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not set your heart on his destruction.
Train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it.
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child: the rod of correction will drive it far from him.
Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. You shall beat him with a rod, and deliver his soul from hell.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth”. And you, Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.
PLANTING LIFELONG SKILLS IN YOUR KIDS
Each generation of parents faces new and daunting challenges. But underneath it all, the fundamental needs of children have never changed. They need loving instruction that will one day enable them to manage their own lives and chart a course that will honor God and bless others. Because, someday, they’ll have to do more than just tie their own shoes. They’ll need the ability to maintain healthy relationships and to handle the responsibilities of the adult world all on their own.
RAISING UNCOMMON KIDS
The single greatest lesson parents teach their kids isn’t anything they say–it’s what they do. In this 12-day devotional plan, parents will find practical advice they can implement immediately to create a home and family that exhibits love, harmony, and generosity of spirit in a self-centered world.
PRAYING GOD'S WORD OVER YOUR KIDS
Praying for our children is instinctual as parents. We are constantly praying for their health, well being and happiness. All of those are great, but let's go deeper in our prayers for them. As Jesus followers, the Word of God is our foundation for truth and because of that, it makes sense that we should use it as our guide. Join Cindy as she shares prayers with you that she has prayed over her three sons and walk in faith that you will see it all come to pass in your own children's lives.
FOCUS ON THE FAMILY
We're here to come alongside families with relevance and grace at each stage of their journey. We support families as they seek to teach their children about God and His beautiful design for the family, protect themselves from the harmful influences of culture and equip themselves to make a greater difference in the lives of those around them.
There is a fierce battle being fought for marriage in America right now, but we can win it. We want to raise the standard. We want to give people help and hope to succeed in marriage.
If people don’t have the hope that is found through the knowledge of God’s Word they won’t get the message of building a marriage, family and life. There is a great need for this message that focuses on strengthening marriages and families. When you can get the foundation based on God’s Word in a marriage, the family grows stronger as a whole.
DR. LES & LESLIE PARROTT
Part of Les and Leslie’s vision for building stronger, life-long marriages is to equip a band of more than a million marriage mentors who walk alongside less experienced couples. Research reveals that marriage mentoring is one of the best things we can do to cut the divorce rate and improve marriages – whether couples are engaged, newly married or married of decades.
BOOKS TO READ
The Meaning of Marriage
Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; and that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues. But these modern-day assumptions are wrong. Timothy Keller, with insights from Kathy, his wife of thirty-seven years, shows marriage to be a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious. The Meaning of Marriage offers instruction on how to have a successful marriage, and is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.
8 Things No Kid Should Leave Home Without -
A parent's time with their kids at home is limited and before they realize it, it will be the moment for their children to move out of the house. Although it's important to spend quality time with our children - loving them and getting to know them - it's also important to prepare them for living life on their own.
Joe McGee gives parents eight powerful principles that go beyond vocation, ethnicity, religious background, or upbringing. They are simple things parents can give their kids to help them achieve a higher standard of living - a godly standard that will bring success and God's blessings.
Dr Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
Yes, you CAN say no to your child and still be a loving parent. Discover how boundaries make parenting better today!
With wisdom and empathy, they take you through the ins and outs of instilling the kind of character in your children that will help them lead balanced, productive, and fulfilling adult lives. Learn how to:
set limits and still be a loving parent
bring control to an out-of-control family life
apply the ten laws of boundaries to parenting
define appropriate boundaries and consequences for your kids
. . . and much more!
Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
Boundaries in Marriage show couples how to apply the 10 laws of boundaries that can make a real difference in relationships. They help husbands and wives understand the friction points or serious hurts and betrayals in their marriage—and move beyond them to the mutual care, respect, affirmation, and intimacy they both long for.
Dr. John Townsend
Helping Your Teen Be Responsible and Responsive The teen years can be challenging and even scary for parents and those involved with youth. Attitudes and behaviors of the adolescent can be unhealthy for him and for the family. However, good boundaries are the bedrock of not only better relationships, but also maturity, safety, and growth---especially for teens and their parents. In order to help teenagers grow into healthy adults, parents and youth workers need to help them experience how to take responsibility for their behavior, their values, and their lives.