PL Category: Kids

Kids: Combating Shame, Part One

As Christian parents, I’m sure one of your goals is to raise children who can stand firm in a world that is surrounded by darkness. But it’s tough! Let’s face it. The world is, quite simply, not nice. People are lost, and lost people are raising kids. These kids are in your kids’ social circles….

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Kids: Parenting Yourself, Part Two

We’ve been talking in this month’s Online Parenting Class about Parenting Yourself so you can be a better parent to your child. Bryant McGill wrote in his book Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life, “Taking care of yourself is the most powerful way to begin to take care of others.” What a powerful…

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Kids: Parenting Yourself, Part One

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 no…

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Kids: Do I Parent Using Shame? Part Two

We’ve been asking you to ask yourself the question in this month’s Online Parenting Class: Do I Parent Using Shame? It’s always good to self-evaluate, and critique your parenting so that you can be the best parent you can be. To help you identify whether you are using shame to parent, ask yourself the following…

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Kids: Do I Parent Using Shame? Part One

This month’s parenting video features a sensitive topic: Do I Parent Using Shame? This is one of those topics where we ask you to critique yourself, and be brutally honest. Parenting is not easy, and we want you to be encouraged as you work through areas you might not be strong in. You are growing…

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Kids: Discipline Vs Punishment, Part Two

God calls parents to discipline their children in love. However, sometimes parents slip into “punishment” mode which connects their misbehaviour to their identity, which can have long-term negative effects. On top of that, punishment implies repaying someone with what he or she deserves the opposite of the gospel. Genesis 1:27 says, “God created mankind in…

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Kids: Discipline Vs Punishment, Part One

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 behaviour by fear or retribution, or by inflicting pain to motivate change. Discipline, however, seeks to tie the unwanted behaviour to a natural or…

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Kids: Shame versus Guilt, Part Two

This month’s video provided the background for Shame Versus Guilt. Shaming a child as discipline results in a child who feels bad about him or herself. However, guilting a child is just as destructive. Guilt is a tool adults use to make others feel bad, and unfortunately, too often use as a parenting tactic. Guilt…

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Kids: Shame versus Guilt, Part One

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 offence and the desire to rectify that offence. It is good to know the…

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Kids: Handling Frustration, Anger, and Arguments, Part Two

This month we have been discussing how to handle frustration, anger, and arguments in the home. We’ve talked about how this is a topic in the Bible—God is not unaware that people will grow frustrated and angry, and this does not exclude kids. The best thing a parent can do to help their child deal…

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