Parenting Discussion Aids
In the busyness of life even the most important things can be neglected. Parents desire to be purposeful and focused with their children but often struggle to make time for purposeful parenting. Our culture tries to lull the parent into complacency and prioritize the wrong goals. Not bad goals but goals such as “Ensure your child is happy” or “Make sure your child behaves in public” or “Make sure they get good grades so they can be successful.” Instead, the believer is to pursue goals which are grounded in biblical teaching.
These discussion aids are intended to build conversation around core issues common to parents. They are designed to be used in a small group setting as a way to seek truth and dispel myths from Satan and our society. Sharing our joys and struggles with others can be challenging, yet beneficial and encouraging. Satan wants us to believe we are the only one struggling, thereby isolating us and keeping us in darkness and shame. Satan would also desire for us to be overwhelmed by the role of parenting or so underwhelmed by the role that we either neglect it or don’t see the need for continued growth.
John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” Each lesson has theme verses followed by a few questions to provoke conversation. The intent of these lessons is to cause each one to consider God’s Word, receive encouragement and challenge from fellow believers, and see your strengths and weaknesses as a parent.
While covering each session in prayer, it is our hope each participant may grow in their likeness to Christ and God might be glorified as you study. Proverbs 23:12 “Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.”
INDEX OF LESSONS
- Relationship with Children 7. Parenting Styles
- Seasons of Parenting 8. Decision Making in the Family: Too Strict?
- Communication as a Parent 9. Decision Making in the Family: Too Lenient?
- Instructing Your Child 10. Temperament
- Discipleship and Parenting 11. Shaping Your Child’s Sexual Character
- Problem Solving: the Parenting Challenges 12. Shaping Your Teen’s Character
For Further Information:
Does Good Parenting Guarantee Good Kids?
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