Pray for your kids to be generous

@ThrivingFamily:

Pray that your kids would be generous with the resources & abilities that God has entrusted to them.
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D6 Splink Family Devotions for 2/5 – 2/11


Click here for this week’s Splink!  Splinks are creative ways of interacting with your children with family devotional starters and ideas for family time.    Splinks can also help you use teachable moments to pass along spiritual truths and life lessons while making memories or just having fun together. No matter where you are, it can always be time for a Splink!


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Praising your child…

@visionaryfam:

Take a moment today and praise your child for a godly decision you have seen them make.

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31 Practical Ways to Be a Great Parent

January 3rd, 2012  parenthelps.awana.org

Parenting is filled with joys and challenges. One author says it is akin to “having your heart go walking around outside your body.” And it really doesn’t get easier with age!

The following list is not meant to be thorough. It offers practical ways we all can improve as parents. Consider incorporating a few ideas into your parenting this month. (There’s one for each day in January if you’re up for a challenge!)

In random order:

1. Pray for your child in her presence at the start and close of each day. Keep it brief, but put thought into what you say.

2. Tell your child on a regular basis that you love him.

3. Hug your child often.

4. Spend at least 30 minutes of one-on-one time with your child each week. Turn off your cell phone and focus on him.

5. Tell her you’re proud of her. Be specific why.

6. Surprise your child with a small gift that you know he’d appreciate.

7. Read the Bible or a devotional lesson together at least weekly – even if your child is a teen.

8. Play a board or card game with your child.

9. Take out your child for breakfast or lunch at least monthly.

10. Take off work early to cheer him on at an after-school activity.

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Hospitality

@ThrivingFamily:

Pray that your children would learn to offer hospitality to others without grumbling. (1 Peter 4:9)

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7 Wise Ways to Speak into and Guide Your Teen’s Digital Life

7 wise ways to speak into and guide your teen’s digital life

cyberbullies, sexting, texting, IM, teens and social networks, Toni Birdsong, Christians onlineHis divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. ~ 1 Peter 1:3

 

This is the third and last post in a series on parents, teens, and Facebook.

By Toni Birdsong
It takes courage to be a parent in this digital age. However, we often forget it takes more courage to be a teen.

Think back to junior high and high school. Think about the peer pressure, the competition, the cliques, and the conflicts. Now, magnify that. Imagine carrying that weight of the hallways home with you every single day.

That’s what kids today have to do. As digital natives who have grown up with mobile devices and social networks, teens must communicate and “get through” social jungles we never dreamed of.

Studies show a digital life can cause emotional and physical ailments in teens. They can experience anxiety, depression, and have even been known to have asthma and panic attacks over public breakups and bullying online.

On the flip side, studies also reveal increasingly that one in five people who meet online marry, that more and more people are finding employment online, and that our professional lives intrinsically are tied to our digital footprints.

Deleting the digital aspect of everyday life isn’t a practical option for our kids just as commuting to the city on a bike everyday for work isn’t a practical option for most of us.

As Christian parents our job to bring up our kids “in the way they should go,” has expanded to include digital instruction. Is this difficult? Sure it is! We’ve just got to remain agile and committed to personal learning and equally committed to leading our kids.

7 ways to help your teen navigate his or her digital life:

  1. Get honest about inclusiveness.
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D6 Splink Family Devotions for 1/29 – 2/4


Click here for this week’s Splink!  Splinks are creative ways of interacting with your children with family devotional starters and ideas for family time.    Splinks can also help you use teachable moments to pass along spiritual truths and life lessons while making memories or just having fun together. No matter where you are, it can always be time for a Splink!


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Effectively Mentoring Your Kids

@drjimburns: Parents who display a spirit of disapproval all of the time won’t mentor & disciple their kids effectively.
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Intentional Faith Development

@D6family: “Faith development is a lifelong process for all of us, it is never too late to be more intentional in your parenting.”@kpowellfyi
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Your Child’s Treasured Memories

@FocusFamily: What memories will your children treasure when they become adults? You may be surprised by what they recall.- http://bit.ly/l7KOPA
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