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Parents, Keep a Cool Head

November 11, 2015

“Parenting is hard.” This sentence comes to my mind multiple times a week. We have four children ten and under, so we devote large portions of our day to playing, reading, teaching, correcting, consoling, and managing conflict. While few things in my life bring me as much joy as parenting, it can also be the source of some of my greatest difficulties. (In fact I took a break about 100 words into the post to play in a blanket fort. It was time well spent.)

What caught me the most off guard was how quickly our first child developed a will of her own and started disobeying. She did this by actively telling us she did not want to do what we told her to do and by ignoring what we told her to do. This only increased exponentially with each while. If I’m honest with myself, my children don’t present the greatest challenge to my parenting though; I do. My greatest struggles in parenting do not come from my children’s disobedience, but my responses to them that come from selfishness, impatience, and anger.

I have learned that I have to write a Bible verse over all of my interactions with my children when they are stubborn or disobedient. “for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” These words from the Apostle James explain why we should be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. Our anger cannot achieve God’s righteousness. In other words, our sinful anger cannot achieve God’s righteous aims.

This sentence contains an important implication for our parenting. Parents cannot produce godly character or behavior in our children by losing our temper. We cannot frustratingly berate them into loving other people more than themselves. Impatiently scolding them embitters their hearts rather than softening them. Repeated shaming leads begrudging obedience in the short term but no lasting change of heart.

In addition losing your temper in response to your child’s sin focuses their attention on your behavior instead of their own. If they have been startled by a yell or are scared of what you might do, they have forgotten what they have done and become fixed on you. This creates in them an unhealthy fear of us based on placating our anger instead of a genuine change of heart.

When we lose our temper or impatiently vent at our children we tear down by example what we have sought to teach them in our more level-headed moments. Our kids hear our words but watch what we do. We cannot teach them to control themselves when we do not.

Parents, I want to encourage you to spend much time remembering the grace God has shown you. I cannot count the number of times I have said something to my children and immediately thought “God could say the same thing to me.” I grow impatient with them because they have disobeyed in a particular way multiple times over the course of a few months but forget how patient God has been with me in areas where I have been disobeying for years. Recall how often God has forgiven you and extended his mercy, then parent with a spirit marked by this mercy. This does not mean you do not correct misbehavior, but it changes the tone and manner in which you correct it.

Also spend many hours reading and meditating on Proverbs. Calls to have a cool head and a cool spirit occur often in Proverbs. He shows in manifold ways the folly of anger and the exceeding benefits of a calm spirit. Commit these passages to memory and pray like you have never prayed for the Father to burn them into your heart.

Related Posts:
Losing Your Temper With Your Children is Not Discipline
When You Lose Your Temper with Your Kids

For Further Reading:
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

 

Family Dinner

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Several studies over the last few years examined the habits of families at dinnertime. While more families are having dinner together five nights a week than they were fifteen years ago, a concerning percentage of families still don’t gather around the table for dinner on a regular basis. No one needs to spend much time thinking about why this might be the case. Practices, long commutes, the easy availability of fast food, and homework war against this simple, yet effective family practice.

In our lives we tend to ignore important things to focus on urgent things. Practice, homework, and squeezing in an extra thirty minutes at work feel urgent. It seems as if these things must be done and they must be done now. Taking the time to share a meal together does not invoke the kind of urgency other tasks do, but its importance cannot be overstated. Here are three basic reasons that we need to recover the family dinner table.

Family Dinner is a Time to Talk and Laugh

If you asked me to name the first image that came to my mind from my childhood, it would be sitting around the table with my family. At the family table we laughed, we told stories, and we learned about life. We pray our daughters will have the same memories from the family dinner table. Typically we try to get our girls talking about the things they have been doing and are interested in. At every family dinner we end up having a discussion about something from my or my wife’s childhood. When the conversation lulls, one of my favorite things to do is to make up a story about something I dreamed the night before. I never know where the story is going when I get started, but by the end we are all laughing. This time of connecting has been invaluable for our family as we get the chance to make sure we aren’t missing time with each other in the midst of our sometimes hectic schedule.

Family Dinner is a Time to Eat Healthy and Develop Good Habits

One of the few alternatives to the family dinner table is eating out at a restaurant or getting fast food and eating in the car. There are times this becomes necessary, but we need to work to make those times fewer.  A post on CNN shared a study which found that children who ate at home with their families were more likely to eat more fruits and vegetables and less fried foods and soda. While it is difficult to find healthy options eating out, eating at home can ensure your family eats healthier. Also children learn how to help pitch in during family dinner. They learn responsibility through helping to set the table and clean up for themselves after dinner.

Family Dinner is a Time for Bible Reading and Prayer

One of the greatest challenges to family devotion can be finding a time to get everyone settled down. Family dinner provides a built in time for family devotion. Family devotion does not have to be the length of your local church’s worship gathering. It should just be a simple time of Bible reading, prayer, and singing. If your children are small, I recommend the Big Picture Story Bible or Jesus Storybook Bible. As your children get older you can transition into using your preferred Bible translation. Currently our family reads a portion of the Gospel of Luke and we discuss it together. This time rarely lasts longer than ten minutes since we have an eighteen month-old. When you sing together, choose songs that are age appropriate. In fact many hymns are easily singable for children. Our children picked up “Jesus Loves Me,” “Come Thou Fount,” and “Be Thou My Vision” when they were pretty young. For our youngest, she loves the song, “My God is So Big.” Prayer time should focus on specific family needs, praying for friends, praying for opportunities to love your neighbors and praying for your children.

Family dinner time does not offer a panacea for all possible families problems, but it can significantly affect your family’s relationships.

Related Posts:
Nine Lessons from Nine Years of Parenting
How to Do Family Worship

For Further Reading:
A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home by Jason Helopoulos

medium_5483359493The indictment of Adrian Peterson last week ignited a nationwide discussion about spanking. Many used this as an opportunity to make a point about all forms of spanking. Armed with social science studies and emotional stories of child abuse, they argued that all spanking is child abuse which psychologically damages children. Their jumping on this situation to push their agenda surprised no one.

What I did find surprising has been the chorus of voices defending spanking. Charles Barkley defended both Peterson and the practice of spanking in an NFL Today interview with Jim Rome. The Huffington Post offered this summary of the discussion.

“I’m from the South. Whipping is … we do that all the time,” the former basketball star, who was born and raised in Leeds, Alabama, said. “Every black parent in the South is gonna be in jail under those circumstances. I think we have to be careful letting people dictate how they treat their children.”

When Rome contended that it doesn’t matter where someone is from because “right is right and wrong is wrong,” Barkley disagreed.

“I don’t believe that because, listen, we spank kids in the South,” he said. “I think the question about did Adrian Peterson go overboard. … But, listen, Jim, we all grow up in different environments. Every black parent in my neighborhood in the South would be in trouble or in jail under those circumstances. … As far as being from the South, we all spanked our kids. I got spanked, me and my two brothers.”

Many Southerners echoed Barkley’s sentiments this week. I’ve read countless people refer to the spankings they received as children and how those spankings helped form their character. Others have said they would be in trouble if Child Services began investigating the way they disciplined their own children.

Unfortunately many who wish to defend the practice of spanking have picked the wrong case to make their point. Texas authorities released pictures which were used as evidence against Peterson and while I have no desire to render a verdict in his case, they do not look like anything that results from what could be considered constructive parental discipline. When Solomon said, “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him,” he was not sanctioning the bruises and lacerations these photos reveal.

Another issue needs to be addressed in some of the defenses of spanking offered this week. Losing your temper with your children is not discipline. Solomon spoke as often of the folly of an uncontrolled temper in Proverbs as he did about using the rod to discipline your children. When you lose your temper with your children because of something they have done, your children stop thinking about their actions and start focusing on how angry you are. You cannot correct their sin by sinning yourself. James’ words in 1:20 must be written over all of our parenting. “The anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” Lasting spiritual fruit cannot be brought into your child’s life by flying off the handle and disciplining them in anger.

In our polarized society, we quickly take sides on an issue without thinking about the consequences of our decisions. If Christians try to jump on the Adrian Peterson bandwagon in order to defend the practice of spanking, it will be a losing battle. This case is not an opportunity to defend spanking; it is a reminder that the purpose of discipline is not to punish children for wrongdoing. The discipline that the Bible advocates corrects, teaches, and instructs. Christian parents discipline because we have a heavenly Father who disciplines us. The writer of Hebrews said “the Lord disciplines those whom he loves.” He does not so punitively and cruelly, but lovingly and correctively. He disciplines his children not to take out his frustrations on us, but for our growth in his grace. We would do well to let his model of discipline shape our attitude about discipline.

Related Posts:
When Your Lose Your Temper with Your Kids
Teaching Proverbs to Your Children

For Further Reading:
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
Don’t Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman

The GirlsLast week the oldest of our three daughters turned nine and today she told me she will be twenty in eleven years. I nearly stuck my fingers in my ears and ran away screaming. Before she came along, I was convinced I would be a great parent and had all the answers. Then that seven pound baby girl was born and I suddenly forgot everything I though I knew. Parenting has been difficult and immensely rewarding. It revealed areas of sin in my life I didn’t want to face, but also has been a tool God has used to make me more like Jesus. Parenting together has strengthened our marriage and helped us learn how to work as a team. Also parenting has been a joy to me. Our girls make me smile and laugh everyday.

As our youngest is now a toddler and we have another child on the way, I’ve been reflected on some things the Lord has taught me through this journey. This list is not intended to be exhaustive as there are more things that could be said, but here are nine things I’ve learned from our nine years of parenting.

Work on Your Marriage
Yes I realize this is a post about parenting, but if you are married with children you don’t have the option of putting your marriage on hold to raise your children. Get your children in bed so you can have some time together before you go to bed. Do everything you can to have date night at least a time or two per month. Spend time together talking about something other than the kids. Laugh together and have fun together. A healthy marriage often leads to healthy parenting.

The Family Dinner Table is Your Friend
If you were to ask me to name an overwhelming image from my childhood it would be sitting around the dinner table laughing with my family. Naturally this was something I wanted for our children as well and the benefits of trying to eat several meals together around the table at night have been legion. At the table we talk with our girls, laugh with our girls, tell stories to our girls, teach our girls, and enjoy our girls. Some of the best times of connecting we have with our girls are around the table.

Ask for Forgiveness When You are Wrong
We do not enjoy admitting when we are wrong. This can be especially true when it comes to our children. We don’t like to admit when we have wronged them because it possibly gives our children the upper hand against us. As hard as it may be, if you have falsely accused your children of something, made a mistake that negatively affected them, or lost your temper with them; apologize to them and ask for their forgiveness. Don’t use it as a time to correct their behavior or point out how they contributed to what you did. Just say you were wrong and ask them to forgive you. This models repentance for your children, teaches them to own their own sin when they are wrong, and builds trust with them.

Losing Your Temper is Lose/Lose
Write James’s words, “the anger of man cannot achieve the righteousness of God” over all of your parenting. When you lose your temper with your children, it undermines whatever good you may have been trying to do in disciplining them. They stop listening to what you are saying to them and only think about the fact that you are angry with them. Work hard from the heart to keep control of your temper, modeling for your children how to love your neighbor and how to exercise self-control. This way they can focus on what they need to learn instead thinking about how much your tone scares them.

Discipline for Disobedience, but not Mistakes
One of our children loves to sneak into the refrigerator and pantry to get food when we are not looking. We have warned her not to do this repeatedly and even child-proofed the pantry to keep her from getting in. Then one day we heard her teaching her sister how to get around the child-proofing. We know she sneaks food when we are not looking because she always makes a mess. The first few times she got in trouble for sneaking food when she wasn’t supposed to, I think she believed she was getting in trouble for making a mess. We learned to say to her specifically why she was being disciplined. Spilling milk is not disobedience; it’s an accident. Pouring milk when you’ve been told not to do it without permission is. Make sure you are clear with your kids that mistakes are okay, disobedience is not.

Teach the Gospel in Everyday Life
The temptation when we think about teaching the Gospel to our kids is to only think about family devotions and taking our kids to church each Sunday. Teaching our children the Gospel does take place through family devotions and our local church body, but it takes place in other ways as well. Talk about the Gospel with your children as an everyday part of life. This is what Moses had in mind in Deuteronomy 6 when he tells us to talk of these things when we sit in the house and when we walk by the way. When you want to encourage your child to be kind, remind them of the kindness God has shown to them through Jesus.  Use the love of God to teach about loving your neighbor. Talk about your own spiritual life, listen to good Gospel-centered music together, and let the language of the Gospel shape the language of your home.

Answer Their Hard Questions
My children ask many questions I would prefer not to answer. Either the answer is complicated or uncomfortable to talk about. They are going to get their questions answered somewhere though and I want them to know they can come to Mom and Dad with their questions. This means we have long repeated talks about spiritual truths, explaining them the best way we know how. The hardest conversations are the ones that bring up the ugly side of life or the pain of this world, but these subjects must be discussed. We’ve had many talks about death, divorce, war, poverty, and a host of other issues I didn’t think we would talk about before a tenth birthday. The conversations are not always comfortable, but they build trust and allow us to help shape our daughters’ view of the world.

Stop Freaking Out About Them
I meet many parents who are afraid they will unalterably damage their children before they are old enough to speak. The truth is that you are not going to “screw up” your child if you love them, teach them, and treat them with respect. These fears come from our desire to control everything and parenting shakes our control issues like few other things in life do. God is in control and you aren’t, so raise your children in the way he has laid out in his word and trust him. He’s good and he does good. (Closely related to this is the ridiculous list of things we believe we must provide for our children so they can have a magical childhood. Release yourself from the pressure of having to provide your child with amazing experiences all the time. It’s nothing but guilt-inducing madness created by burdens that God hasn’t put on you.)

Have Fun with Them
This is closely related to my last point. Sometimes we get so caught up in doing things for our children that we forget to do things with them. In most communities, there are so many children’s activities to choose from and you can end up spending your days taking your children to things you watch them do. I’m not saying to pull your kids off all of their sports teams, but maybe you should dial it back some. Take a walk, go to the park, or play a game. Do fun things with your children. They’re funny, fun to be around, and these years go by faster than I can bear to admit. Enjoy it with them.

Related Posts:
‘You’re Going to Be Broke:’ Some Thoughts on Having Three Daughters
Teaching Proverbs to Your Children

For Further Reading:
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

This past Sunday we started a new sermon series at Chelsea Village called “The Gospel and the Family.”  For seven weeks, we are going to look at the relationship between the Gospel and dating, marriage, singleness, divorce, faithfulness, and parenting.  This Sunday’s sermon proved that there will be no way I can cram everything that I have been reading into these seven sermons.  Below, you will find links to a few of the many articles and posts that have been helpful to me in preparation for this series.  If you want to see the books that have been helpful, you can follow this link.

Let me also add a quick word about how to save helpful content that you read online.  Evernote has become my brain.  It is an app for taking notes, but it has a feature that makes it really helpful for web content.  The Web clipper allows you to save a webpage into Evernote where you can tag it and add it to a titled notebook.  In my Evernote app, I have folders for every book of the Bible, theological topics, and practical issues.  They are easily searchable by title or tag.  With the free apps, I can have access to my notes across on all of my mobile devices.  This has helped me remember items in an efficient manner.

Marriage
When I Don’t Feel Love for My Spouse” by Steve Cornell

Marriage: The Happy, Holy, Beautiful Mess” by Matt Johnson

How to Destroy Marriage Before It Starts” by Garrett Kell

The Wedding Vows: 20 Years Later” by Steve McCoy

Kill Anger Before It Kills You or Your Marriage” by John Piper

Seven Ways to Destroy Your Marriage” by Perry Noble

4 Lessons from Luther on Married Life” by Justin Taylor

Parenting
A Quick Guide to Family Worship” by Winfield Bevins

Is Your Child a Christian?” by Brian Croft

7 Ways Fathers Provoke Their Children” by Mark Driscoll

God Rules the Mundane” by Gloria Furman

Advice for Parenting Young Kids” by Steve McCoy

21 Ways to Be an Exceptional Dad” by Josh McPherson

Parents, Require Obedience of Your Children” by John Piper

Why Require Unregenerate Children to Act Like They’re Good” by John Piper

5 Ways We are Making Parenting Harder” by Megan Spreer (This is not written from a Christian perspective and contains a little language, but do not miss the point.)

Should I Make My Child Apologize?” by Jen Wilkin

Next week Kevin DeYoung’s newest book Crazy Busy will hit the shelves.  In it, he addresses the problem of “busyness”  and how to attack it from a biblical framework.  The source of much of our “busyness” is our kids.  Here’s a snippet of DeYoung addressing this vitally important issue.

Parenting from Quadrant 2

September 5, 2013

coveyMark Driscoll’s “Reverse Engineering Your Life” introduced me to the concept of Stephen Covey’s Quadrants.  (The talk is no longer available, but you can read about the concept in Real Marriage.)  This is taken from his book First Things First and help us understand how to prioritize how we spend our time.  There are four quadrants of activities that you can take part in. Quadrant 1 contains things that are both urgent and important.  These are crises that must be seen to immediately.  Urgent, but not important tasks occupy Quadrant 3.  Your ringing phone and the ding of your email are in this quadrant.  They seem urgent because they are flashing or ringing, but they are likely not important. (This is why I am thankful for caller ID and the unsubscribe link at the bottom of emails.)  The fourth quadrant is things that are not important and not urgent.  This quadrant is home to checking Facebook, playing video games, and many other tasks that are ultimately time wasting.

You will notice that I skipped Quadrant 2.  Tasks that are important, but not urgent belong in this second quadrant.  These things are important to do, but they are not yet crises.  You should spend the most time doing things that fall into this category.  You work on your ultimate priorities in this quadrant.  You have date night, read your Bible, plan ahead, and spend time with your kids.  It is this last task that I want to focus on in this post. Continue Reading…

BibleMany times when Christian parents think about teaching the Bible to their children, their thoughts automatically turn to family worship.  While family devotions are a great tool, we have to remember that most of the teaching that we do with our children does not happen in that type of environment.  Most of it happens in little everyday situations.  What we will discover though, is that if we teach the Bible to our children in these “little” moments, a lifetime of learning and character formation will happen.

The Bible itself addresses this.  Moses addresses the children of Israel in Deuteronomy 6:4-9 as they get ready to take cross into the promised land.  He reminds them that the Lord alone is their God and that they should love him with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength.  Then he tells them that the Lord’s commandments should be on their hearts and that they should teach them to their children.  He uses several couplets to show that this is to be done in all of life.  They should be teaching when they are in their home or walking by the way and when they are lying down or rising up.  The point is clear.  No matter what they are doing they are teaching their children, and God’s word should be on their hearts so that it comes out of their mouths when the opportunity for instruction presents itself.

There are several distinct types of opportunities that present themselves and we should be quick to use Scripture to instruct our children in each of these situations.

Use the Bible to Instruct Your Children
This is a catch all category and simply covers the fact that we should constantly look for teachable moments to share the words of God with our children.  This can happen by looking at a sunset and explaining creation or while performing an act of kindness for a neighbor and talking about why we do this.  Answer their questions (I know there are a lot of them) and look for opportunities to talk to them about spiritual things through their ordinary questions.
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photoFor the last several years, our devotional times with our kids has centered on the grand narrative of Scripture.  We primarily used The Big Picture Story Bible and Jesus Storybook Bible for this.  In the last few weeks, we have started working through the Proverbs with our children.  Our oldest two are now seven and five, so we recognized their need for wisdom.  As we have been reading through Proverbs and talking with them, I have seen several practical benefits of teaching the Proverbs to our girls.

It teaches them that they need wisdom they do not naturally possess.
King Solomon wrote Proverbs so that his son might learn to be wise.  In the first chapter he says the reader will gain knowledge, insight, and discretion.  The result is that that he will live his life with righteousness, justice, and equity.  While promising this wisdom, he reveals the audience that he is aiming for.  Solomon tells us that the simple will learn prudence and the youth will learn knowledge.  He further states that the one who is wise will listen.

The introduction suggests that children do not possess the wisdom that is needed for a fruitful, godly, and joyous life.  In fact, this only confirms what people see in reality.  When Solomon says that “folly is bound up in the heart of a child,” we know that he is right.  We readily see that our kids are made in God’s image, but we also see the reality of sin and folly in their lives.  Proverbs speaks to them as made in God’s image, but desperately foolish.  Reading through Proverbs and seeing the instruction in this book will help them to see their folly and will open in them an awareness of their foolishness.

It teaches them that the Bible speaks into real life situations.
Last night our devotion centered on the words “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”  This gave me the opportunity to talk to my daughters about the words that they use.  We were able to use real life illustrations of how words can hurt and how words can build up.  They interacted with me and talked about how words have hurt them and how words have helped them.  They could see the reality of this text and it addressed them where they are.

The Apostle Paul teaches in 2 Timothy that all Scripture is inspired by God and that it is all useful for life and godliness.  Proverbs helps children begin to understand this in a real way.  It talks about anger, words, and money.  It teaches the value of hard work and the folly of laziness.  It teaches about the heart as the fountain of their character and guides them in understanding why they do what they do.

It teaches them that they need the Gospel.
Working through the book of Proverbs will reveal the sin and foolishness that is in the hearts of their children.  As you read about how words can destroy, they will be reminded of times that they used their words to hurt people.  They will have the times that they have lied held up in front of them.  Their inherent greed will be exposed.

If we are not careful, Proverbs can turn into “be a better person so that you can have a better life.”  If we keep Proverbs emphasis on the heart in the forefront, Proverbs provides a great opportunity to expose our children to the Gospel.  We can show them that Jesus is the wisdom of God.  We get to tell them that Jesus gave his life for all of our sin and folly, and that there is forgiveness offered to us all through faith in him.

Some Practical Suggestions:
When you have small children, reading through an entire chapter of Proverbs with them is difficult.  Because their is not a logical flow or narrative progress, they start getting confused.  We have found it to be more beneficial to work with only a few verses at a time.  Then we go through the verses and ask the kids what they think that they mean.  When we are met with the inevitable blank stares, we try to work through individual words and help them figure out what the verse is talking about.  This easily transitions into practical ways to help them understand the message of the verse and how it impacts their own heart and life.

Related posts:
How to Do Family Devotion

KostenbergerOur church’s standard practice for preaching is to work through a book of the Bible.  About once a year we will deviate from this and do a short topical series.  We’ve done a short series on the church, spiritual freedom, and the attributes of God.  This November and December we are going to spend six weeks on singleness, dating, marriage, and family.

In addition to working through Biblical passages to get ready for the series, I complied a list of books to work through to get ready.  There is no way that everything that I read is going to make it into the series, so here is an overview of what I’ll be reading with some links to where you can pick them up.

Main Biblical Passages
Genesis 2:18-3:24
Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Psalm 127
Proverbs
Song of Solomon
Matthew 19:1-12
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
1 Corinthians 7
Ephesians 1:3-14
Ephesians 5:22-33
Ephesians 6:1-4
Colossians 3:18-21
Titus 2
1 Peter 3:1-7

Biblical and Theological Works
God, Marriage, and Family by Andreas Kostenberger and David Jones
(WTS / Amazon)

Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood by John Piper, Wayne Grudem, and Ligon Duncan
(WTS / Amazon)

Marriage
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
(WTS / Amazon)

The Meaning of Marriage by Tim and Kathy Keller
(WTS / Amazon)

Real Marriage by Mark Driscoll
(Amazon)

Sheet Music by Kevin Leeman
(Amazon)

What Did You Expect? by Paul David Tripp
(WTS / Amazon)

When Sinners Say “I Do” by Dave Harvey
(WTS / Amazon)

This Momentary Marriage by John Piper
(WTS / Amazon)

Gospel-Centred Marriage by Tim Chester
(WTS / Amazon)

Date Your Wife by Justin Buzzard
(WTS / Amazon)You can read my takeaways from Date Your Wife here.

Parenting
The Shepherd-Leader at Home by Timothy Witmer
(WTS / Amazon)

Instructing a Child’s Heart by Tedd and Margie Tripp
(WTS / Amazon)

Don’t Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman
(WTS / Amazon)

Pastor Dad by Mark Driscoll
(Free at the Resurgence)

Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick
(WTS / Amazon)

Everyday Talk by John Younts
(WTS / Amazon)

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
(WTS / Amazon)

Age of Opportunity by Paul David Tripp
(WTS / Amazon)

Gospel-Centred Family by Tim Chester
(WTS / Amazon)

Get Outta My Face! by Rick Horne
(WTS / Amazon)

Family Worship
A Neglected Grace by Jason Helopoulos
(WTS / Amazon)

Family Worship by Don Whitney
(WTS / Amazon)