1. Infants and toddlers

Faith-building Ideas for Infants and Toddlers

When our first child began to talk, I was amazed at how much information he already had stored in his bald, fuzzy head. This hit home for me one day during a diaper-change. As I opened the tabs, releasing the foul odour of a rather ripe baby poo, I heard his little voice pipe up, “Holy smoke!” Startled, I realized how often I must have used that exclamation while standing at the change table.

Since then, I’ve learned that that expression is another way to say “holy hell.” Inadvertently, I had taught our baby to use language that many would deem to be swearing! Looking back, I wish it had occurred to me to let our baby “eavesdrop” on my constant conversations with God. Had I done so, maybe he would have said, “Thank you, Jesus, for this stinky bum,” instead. Read more …

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2. School Age

Raising Kids Who Love Christ

As parents, we all want what is best for our children. We want them to live happy, healthy lives while they also stay away from the at-risk behaviours of sex, drugs, alcohol and gangs. And as I’ve had the opportunity to speak to parents literally all over the world, what I see are parents who desperately want to do a better job parenting than in the household they grew up in.

I do not believe that we have bad parents today. Yet when it comes to the one thing that will lead our children to “enjoy long life” (Deut. 6:2) ¬– which is a loving relationship with God in which they love and serve Him with “all of their heart, soul and strength” (Deut. 6:4) – as parents, we don’t know how to instill this in our children. In other words, many parents today like the idea of their children having a strong faith in God that will positively impact the life decisions they make; yet, when it comes right down to it, many parents today don’t know how to instill faith into their children.

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3. Teens

Teens and their cellphones

My teen wants a cellphone with unlimited text messaging. How do I negotiate healthy electronic boundaries and respect?

When I was growing up, my generation negotiated with our parents about the keys to the car, curfew, a telephone in our bedrooms and dating rules. Today’s parents have to add technology. Although cellphones may appear to be standard fare, they are not an inalienable teen right. They are a communication tool that can make family contact easier, but not without risks. Weigh the pros and cons of a cellphone before purchasing one for your teen. Then establish clear boundaries up front. Read More …

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