As Son of God hits theaters this weekend, many parents will struggle with how to explain the more difficult aspects of Jesus' life - such as the virgin birth and the crucifixion - to their children. Fortunately, American Bible Society's Children's Ministry Senior Advisor Margi McCombs is offering tips to help parents navigate the complicated conversations.
"The Bible is the grand narrative of God's love for and pursuit of humankind," said McCombs
There are no perfect angels when it comes to moms and dads - we all get frustrated or angry and lose it from time to time. But patience can be developed over time - it's a habit, and like any other habit, it just takes some focus. Here's a list of 10 great tips and methods I'm trying out and experimenting with to help me become a more patient parent:
I have eight ways to help your children love those who are different from them. There is an order to them, and I will try to explain it along the way. The gospel of Christ comes in at number five. And the reason it comes so late is that this is the way it works in raising children. They can understand things about God and about what God commands before they can know the meaning of their own depravity and the glory of the way God worked salvation in Christ.
Whoever first said raising children is a challenge should be inducted into the Understatement Hall of Fame. Children offer their parents continuous-and bountiful-blessing, true. They can be the picture of innocence, little independent units of humanity with bright, sparkling eyes and completely candid emotions. And when brought up to trust and love their Lord, they gladden many a parental heart.
How many times do you get frustrated with your child's behavior? When your child resists you, you may feel frustrated and then decide to punish them. You expect punishment would bring good results and reduce the child's unfavorable behavior. However, is your child's behavior getting better with punishment?
In another article we introduced our own conflict resolution plan that can help resolve sibling arguments, conflict and fights. We need to take these types of proactive measures to equip our children to resolve their own conflicts. Here we will talk about the best way to implement S.T.A.L.L. with your kids.
Conflict can turn into the best opportunity to build strong relationships, if we have learned conflict resolution skills. These skills should be cultivated during childhood. As we know, even kids have conflict with others.
"Many parents, including myself, are initially confident we can change our child. We don't surrender to our child's will (which is good), but we try to dominate the child with our own (which is bad). Without realizing it, we become demanding. We are driven by the hope of real change, but the change occurs because we make the right moves.