iParent-January 15: Smart Parents Use Splinks!

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If you haven’t been to sign up for Splinks yet, please go to the D6 Family website. This great little tool is a free and comes through email that offers you several different ready made ideas for how to connect with your kids about the Lord and His Word each week.

Many kids experience a disconnect between church and home that isn’t evident while they are kids, but shows up big time when they hit the teenage and young adult years. The disconnect comes from knowing the stories in the Bible from beginning to end, but not understanding how they apply to everyday life. We live in an age where kids go through cellphones and game systems like I went through Captain Crunch as a boy. If something isn’t useful or meaningful to them, they disregard it. We have to work to connect God’s Word to the real world, and there’s easier way to do this than by using Splinks from D6 Family. Seriously, go sign up today!

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Protecting the Faith of Your Children

If you have been checking out the iParent blog for very long, you know that I am strong proponent for parents stepping up to take the leadership role as their children’s spiritual leaders.  The church simply is not there to water and fertilize the seeds of faith we sow into their lives on Sundays and Wednesdays.  What happens in the other 165 hours in a week, to strengthen them and help them practice their faith?  In everyday life, our children, and we as grown-ups need to be engaging in activities that help us act and think like God wants us to think, not just “turning off” our Christianity while we’re away from church.  I know I must improve in these ways with my daughters and suspect that many parents can relate to feeling like we’ve not done what we could have to help our kids grow into spiritual champions.   Continue reading

What Happens In Vegas, Stays in Vegas?

 

I think that the marketing team for the Las Vegas Convention & Visitor’s Bureau have done an amazing job of creating a mindset in many of the people who visit their city that is summed up by the slogan, “What Happens In Vegas, Stays in Vegas”.  Even though, we certainly know that our bad choices do tend to follow us, many people are depicted in their commercials embracing this slogan, which I think only encourages visitors to go ahead and engage in activities they normally would not otherwise engage.

I think this mindset of compartmentalizing our lives is very dangerous, especially for parents and their kids.   Sometimes we tend to separate school from home, home from church, work from home as if they’re totally disconnected from one another.  Too often, I think we see the effects of this thinking by how parents and their kids act differently at church than we do at school, home or work.  We kind of allow ourselves to “play church”.   I did this as a child and teen, and have to work constantly today to maintain a growing relationship with God.  I know some of you can relate to my experience, right?  We know all the answers to questions about the Bible, and we are assured of our relationship with Jesus, but too often, we take a Vegas-like attitude that comes out like, “what happens at church, stays at church”.   This leads to taking the things we’ve learned or been challenged with at church and put them in the closet of our mind, where it never impacts our actions and decision making.

How do we fix this?  Really, just making a mental decision to keeping your spiritual senses turned on is the first and best step.   Learning to do this may take some time, but it can be accomplished by doing more personal Bible reading and prayer time.  Consistency in our devotional lives will keep God and His plans for us in the forefront of our minds, helping us to remember the things we learn at church.  This same approach will work with your kids as well, and you may recall that God places the responsibility for helping kids grow in their faith on Godly moms and dads.

As parents, we must realize that to help our kids become spiritual champions, we must take that same journey toward becoming a spiritual champion in our own right, otherwise, we’ll never be able to lead our children to become what God intended.