What Every Child Needs To Grow

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Encouragement, Parenting, What Kids Need

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“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11, NLT)

The Situation
All too often kids hear statements such as, “You’ll never amount to anything!” Many children are exposed to an onslaught of criticism, sarcasm, and derogatory comments. Those words tear down a child’s confidence, competence, and self-esteem. As a result, kids have growing problems of insecurity and fear. Unfortunately, they believe many of the negative messages they hear! Read the rest of this entry »

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How bonsai trees reflect ministry

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipline, Parenting, Teaching Tips, What Kids Need

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“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6, KJV).

Caring for a bonsai requires time and patience. Nurturing children takes no less effort. In this article, Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, helps us learn how to train children in godliness. Read the rest of this entry »

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Help children make wise choices today

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Family, Leadership, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, Teaching Tips

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Randy Alcorn, founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, provides three foundational keys that will help children grow in Christ-likeness.

What qualities does God want us to develop in our children? No need to guess. Scripture tells us specifically: “And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to have mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). These three requirements are a basis for evaluating our children’s character development: Read the rest of this entry »

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Passing faith on to your kids today

by DiscipleLand Staff Parenting, Raising Godly Children, Teaching Tips

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We all want our children to become devoted followers of Jesus – kids who live in Christ, live like Christ, and live for Christ. Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides four foundational keys that will help you pass on faith to your kids. Read the rest of this entry »

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Internal GPS of a child

by DiscipleLand Staff Parenting, Teaching Tips

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In this practical article by Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, you’ll discover how you can help children choose to do what’s right for the right reason. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nursery: Stages of development you need to know

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Nursery, Parenting, Teaching Tips

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“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” -Dr. Suess

Most nurseries serve children anywhere from birth through 3 years. This age span means that the nursery is composed of young children who are at vastly different developmental stages. As babies constantly change and adapt, nursery volunteers must be prepared to perform a variety of functions—like a Swiss army knife! Read the rest of this entry »

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Getting Kids to Listen

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Family, Leadership, Parenting, Teaching Tips, Volunteers

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Listening is becoming a lost skill in today’s digitally-distracted-information-overloaded world.

But children can learn to listen, says Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting.

Many children don’t know how to listen without thinking about the next thing they want to say. Or if they do listen, they make statements like, “I know,” or “I can do it better than that.” Instead, teach children to affirm others in conversation. It’s part of learning what it means to be a servant. Listening can be hard work. It requires that children think of the other person, not just of themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Help Children Grow In Faith

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, Teaching Tips

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by Robert Keeley
Reviewed by Sue Payne, Greg Carlson, and Holly Allen
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Robert Keeley’s book is called Helping our children grow in faith: How the church can nurture the spiritual development of kids. Keeley answers the question: “How do we explain our faith to children in ways that are simple enough for children to understand, but, at the same time, how do we help them develop a deep faith that is able to stand up to the questions that they will ask?” Read the rest of this entry »

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Teach doctrine. Change behavior.

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, What Kids Need

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“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, ESV).

How Kids Think

Kids wonder, “Are the things I learn in Church really true?” Children who have routinely swallowed teaching about relativism and tolerance have little regard for absolute truth. Many do not believe they can ever know solid, unchanging Truth. Those kids often misunderstand doctrine as rigid rules designed to restrict their freedom. In fact, they learn to label people with deeply held convictions as “close-minded” or “haters” of ideas they disagree with. Western culture no longer reflects a Biblical worldview. Read the rest of this entry »

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Changing a child’s attitude

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Discipleship, Parenting, What Kids Need

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by Dr. Scott Turansky, National Center for Biblical Parenting

The most important task for any parent is to help their children develop a strong faith and clear moral direction. But how do you do that when you have to get the clothes cleaned up and the dishes put away? Most parents find themselves to be very busy helping kids with homework, taxiing them around to various activities, and simply accomplishing life. Read the rest of this entry »

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Children’s Place in Family Ministries

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Leadership, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, Teaching Tips

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A Glimpse of Children in the Biblical Story

The Book of Deuteronomy instructs God’s people to teach children to love, obey, and fear the Lord God in the context of life. Children are to assemble with adults to learn the things of God (Deuteronomy 6:1–3, 11:18–21, 31:12–13). Read the rest of this entry »

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Helping Kids Deal With Anger

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Nursery, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, Teaching Tips

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Anger damages relationships. Here are several guidelines provided by Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, we’ve found helpful for anger management. When parents and teachers work on these things together, anger episodes are reduced. Make these a regular part of your routine and you’ll see tremendous progress. Read the rest of this entry »

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