Interview With Dr. Bob Barnes about Broward County, Florida LGBT decision

Interview With Dr. Bob Barnes about Broward County, Florida LGBT decision

Sep 30

An interview with Dr. Barnes about Broward County, Florida schools calling October LGBT History Month and how parents should respond

 
Training Toddlers with Guest: Efrain Figueroa | Part 5

Training Toddlers with Guest: Efrain Figueroa | Part 5

Sep 28

Pursuing A Plan

In the next few weeks we are going to spend an entire series on creating a plan, for that reason we aren’t going to go into great detail today. However, there are a few things that are important to know about the plan process. The first thing to remember is that it is vital to have a plan for parenting. We discussed in our series on yelling that when you don’t have a plan for discipline it is easy to become the consequence.
Secondly, it is important to make sure the plan in thoroughly communicated. This includes both spouses and the child involved. It is hard to be consistent with a plan if both parents aren’t on the same page. Which brings us to the final thing that is imperative to the plan, consistency. In order for a child to learn it is their behavior causing the consequences, the discipline must be consistent every time. Otherwise it is communicated that discipline is on the parent’s whim rather then connected to the child’s behavior.
Remember to keep a lookout for our series on creating that plan!

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Training Toddlers with Guest: Efrain Figueroa | Part 4

Training Toddlers with Guest: Efrain Figueroa | Part 4

Sep 27

Think Principles Not Procedures

If we are training with the purpose of raising a Godly child who is marriageable and employable it is easy to get overwhelmed with all the things for which we need to prepare our child. Especially a toddler whose entire purpose it seems is to test the realities of the boundaries placed before him.
However, if in the early years we can “lump” those rules in to principles we want to teach it will be easier both to communicate and to remember. For example, the simple principle of listen and obey, covers a multitude of rules. Another principle such as being kind to others helps blanket another set of rules, like not hitting, etc. If we can come up with consequences and rewards for our set of “principles” then the task suddenly doesn’t seem so insurmountable. Process through the Godly principles you want to instill in your child. These toddler years are a great place to begin this training!

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Training Toddlers with Guest: Efrain Figueroa | Part 3

Training Toddlers with Guest: Efrain Figueroa | Part 3

Sep 26

Purposeful Training

Yesterday we discussed “remembering your purpose”, when parenting toddlers we need to take that a step further. After establishing our purpose, we need to filter all of our training through it. This may seem like an insurmountable task but actually may help simplify the parenting process. Our purpose for parenting is to raise a Godly child who is marriageable and employable. So if we start with that end in mind it may help us to filter what may be just a parental preference, something that was a rule when the parent was a child and things that will help to accomplish our goal for parenting. There are obvious rules that we must instill like the meaning of “no” and things like not hitting. There are rules that seem to be gray areas like manners or running in the house. Now obviously manners and learning self control are very important for the future but we also must process our expectations for a young child. Take the time to filter your training through the ultimate parenting goals. Also take the time to have a staff meeting with your spouse to make sure you are on the same page, as well as talking through your expectations for your toddler to make sure they are age appropriate.

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Training Toddlers with Guest: Efrain Figueroa | Part 2

Training Toddlers with Guest: Efrain Figueroa | Part 2

Sep 25

Keep Focused on the Purpose

When in the “toddler trenches” it is important that we focus on our purpose. You may ask yourself, why am I doing this? Why am I fighting this battle day in and day out, it is exhausting? Keep in front of you the purpose for parenting. The goal is to raise a Godly child who is both marriageable and employable.
It also helps to keep in perspective that God has allowed us the privilege of training the children He has given us and we will be accountable to Him for that training.
He does encourage us with a promise in Proverbs 22:6. “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Training takes consistency, patience and intentionality. Remember that this period of “parenting bootcamp” is brief but how we handle it will impact the ease of our parenting in the future. Choose to be consistent and let your no mean no.

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