The Power of a Symbol

Dear Parents, I want to talk to you about symbols.  A symbol is an object that has meaning attached to it, but it is also a great tool in the parent’s tool belt. Here are some examples of important symbols you may have in your life that carry important meaning: a wedding ring refrigerator art…

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Money Management and Allowance

Parents, This month we are discussing money management and allowance. We’re talking about how prominent this topic is in the Bible, and because of this, how important it is to teach your children to have a godly perspective about money. To be able to best teach your kids, it’s important that you have a solid,…

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Developing Good Study Habits

Parents, This month’s Online Parenting Class is focused on helping your child develop good study habits. Paul talked about “studying” in 2 Timothy 2:15, reminding us to “Study to show yourself approved by God, a workman who need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Though Paul was speaking about studying God’s Word,…

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Shame Versus Guilt

Parents, We meet again! This month’s video is Shame Versus Guilt. We’re talking about how guilt is described as “I have done something bad” while shame is the belief that “I am bad.” We discuss how shame doesn’t typically lead to change, while guilt recognizes offense and the desire to rectify that offense. It is…

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Do I Parent Using Shame?

Parents, Our video this month discusses the question: Do I Parent Using Shame? In the video, you are asked to consider whether you grew up in a “Toxic Shame” environment and to consider how you react when you are hurt. We encourage you that though shame-based parenting is often learned, and may be the way…

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Punishment Versus Discipline

Parents, Our video this month discusses the difference between Punishment Versus Discipline. Disciplining a teenager can often be difficult, and you may feel like you want to give up—especially when your tween or teen is bigger, taller, or louder than you! Teens often feel like they will never get caught, so consequences don’t even cross…

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Discipline Versus Punishment

Parents, Welcome back! We’re talking this month about the difference between discipline and punishment, and how the words are often used interchangeably but are quite different. To review, punishment seeks to control a person’s behavior by fear or retribution, or by inflicting pain to motivate change. Discipline, however, seeks to tie the unwanted behavior to…

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Combating Shame

Parents, We’re talking this month about combating shame. This month’s class provides you with some encouragement to pray and ask the Spirit to guide you as you uncover what is going on in your tween or teen’s heart and mind to help them deal with shame. We encourage you not to sweep the issue under…

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Parenting Yourself

Parents, This month’s parenting video features a unique topic: Parenting Yourself so that you can be a better parent to your kids. Does it seem a little strange to receive information on how to parent yourself? The truth is, we never stop learning and growing, and sometimes parents need to be “parented” a little—especially because…

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