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Resource: Grace Based Parenting

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

We know as parents it is difficult to sort through the sheer number of resources that are available to you, so we’d love to share with you some of our favorites that we feel are worth your time to check out.

This week, we’d like to highlight the book Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel. Tim explains parenting through a model of building a house from the ground up, building upon a foundation in Christ and focusing on our children’s core needs, teaching them their four freedoms, building their character, and pointing them toward true greatness. The video below is a great overview of the content you will find in the book.

But you don’t have to just take our word for it. Here are some thoughts from a few other readers.
Wendy, at Theology for Women – “In the first chapters of the book, I had to put the book down and repent, because Kimmel nailed me with his assessment of how many Christians parent—primarily out of fear. I realized that I was more afraid of Satan and the world getting their hands on my boys than I was confident in God’s faithfulness to finish the good work He has begun in them (Phil. 1:6). I had to repent. Then I had to decide if I was going to align my parenting philosophy with my theology. Did I believe God had a good plan for my children? Did I believe that I can trust God with their little hearts and lives?”

From Bible.org – “Rather than prescribing a formula for raising perfect kids, Dr. Kimmel focuses on the bottom line of parenting—grace (unmerited favor; undeserved kindness). And in doing so, he discusses not just our children’s need for grace, but our need for grace as parents, too. In this way, the focus shifts from trying to be perfect parents raising perfect kids to being grace-based parents who put a priority on meeting the inner needs of their children.”

Applicable Apps: HomeFront

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Check out this amazing FREE app from Tru HomeFront magazine! Tru is a curriculum from David C. Cook based upon Michelle Anthony’s work in Spiritual Parenting. This is a great resource for you family, filled with devotionals, memory verses, stories, recipes, craft and activity ideas, and music!

5 – 15 Minute Summer Sabbaticals With Your Kids

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

If you haven’t had a chance to check out The High Calling, it is a treasure-trove of amazing articles. You can even search the family bloggers for some inspirational reading related to families. Joanne and Paul Kraft over at Grace and Truth Living are a great example. Check out their most recent post sharing ideas for 15 minute summer sabbaticals with your kids.

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“I’m bored!” Two words that can cause the most even-tempered parent to lose their cool.
My husband usually responds this way, “You’re bored because you’re boring!”

He’s such a cool drink on a hot summer’s day. The truth is, with children being plugged in, turned on and tuned out, coming up with things to do that strike their fancy can often times be a struggle.

Here are five-fifteen minute sabbaticals you can take with your kids this summer. . . [Read the rest HERE]

Resource: The Family Dinner

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

“Mama, the table looks so fancy! It’s like a dinner for kings and queens and princesses (and one royal dog).”

You’d think I had brought out the china and served a four course meal to deserve these accolades from my five-year-old. But all I had done was add a tablecloth, set the table, and served smoothies from a pretty pitcher, along with our french toast. Oh, and I used the paper flowers we’d created the other day as a centerpiece.

“It does not take much to set the scene so that it is a little different, a bit exciting, and very memorable. And that is what matters, isn’t it? . . . All you need is a little thoughtfulness, some love, and a few minutes spent focusing on what might make someone smile today.” ~The Family Dinner, p. 25

Inspired by my latest read, The Family Dinner: Great ways to connect with your kids, one meal at a time by Laurie David, I set the table for dinner tonight. And what Laurie predicted in her chapter on “Setting the Scene” unfolded in my kitchen. A simple meal. An extra two minutes to set the table. A memorable evening together.

I can’t tell you how much I love this book (and I wasn’t sent it to review and this isn’t a tour!). The pages are full of recipes, games, conversation starters, stories, articles, and tips. In an age where it is common for our families to go jump in the car when you say, “Time for dinner,” we need a reminder that the family dinner is an important part of raising our children and protecting our family. Consider these facts:

  • Only half of modern families eat together more than three to five times per week.
  • Most meals last twenty minutes . . . or less.
  • Families often watch TV while they eat.

It’s not wonder the family unit is struggling! Laurie tackles so much content in this book, you’ll find yourself pulling it back out and re-reading sections over and over. She even discusses how to incorporate the family dinner with extended families and divorced families.

Check out your local bookstore or download the book onto your e-reader. It is well-worth the investment in your family. And check out the weekly tip posted on Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/family-dinner-download

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