Raising a Responsible Citizen | Part 3

Raising a Responsible Citizen | Part 3

Oct 31

Being A Godly Citizen Means Being Salt And Light

As a Christian, part of our calling is to be salt and light to those around us.  Salt adds flavor to the environment around it.  Light does several things, illuminate the darkness, give direction, and reveal flaws.  We can see in the Bible how the children of Israel continuously turn away from following God.  He many times has to bring in a judge, prophet or king to remind them of His ways then within a generation it seems they have fallen away again.  We can see this pattern in our nation when you look at how far we have come in only a little over 200 years.

This starts at home.  We must be salt an light in our home then to those around us.  How will our children know how to be to be good citizens unless we teach them? We cannot “subcontract” out our citizenship thinking either I’m too busy or some one else will do it.  Our country has no hope for change unless we are, or raise, the generation to bring about that change.

 

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Raising a Responsible Citizen | Part 2

Raising a Responsible Citizen | Part 2

Oct 30

Teaching Your Child To Take A Stand

Yesterday, we looked at what a responsible citizen looks like, but what are things that we can do to expose our children to what this actually looks like? The first thing is making the choice to be informed.  Look into and research the issues.  Don’t just take others word for it, find things out for yourself.  This is a great discipline that you can even do with your older child or teen.  Make it a game to see who can become the most informed on an issue.  Then always be sure to take back what you learned and compare it to God’s word, is there anything that scripture says about that particular issue?

The next thing you can do is make the choice to be active.  If there are important issues at hand make sure that you are at the very least setting the example, or including your kids, and writing, calling or emailing your politicians about it.  With the nation seemingly as polarized on beliefs as it is the next step may be difficult, but make the choice to speak up.  We can set the example in choosing to discuss the issues politely.  Make sure that you are setting the example for your child and engaging in an adult-like and Christ-like manner. In today’s culture of attacking each other venomously, observing a healthy discussion can be an invaluable lesson.

 

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Changes

Changes

Oct 30

As I’m sure you have noticed there have been some exciting changes to Parenting Today. The first is our name change.  We have changed our name to Parenting On Purpose.  This name is exciting because it helps us to remember that the word parent is an action, not simply a state.  Next exciting update is that the Parenting on Purpose app is now available for both Andriod and Apple products.  The app will allow you to listen to the podcast directly on your phone, tablet or Ipad.  As with anything new, please be patient with us over the next few weeks as we work out the kinks with all the exciting new changes.  We look forward to continuing in this journey with you as we all continue parenting on purpose!

Raising a Responsible Citizen | Part 1

Raising a Responsible Citizen | Part 1

Oct 29

What Does It Mean To Be A Responsible Citizen?

Many people like to tout the rights of citizenship and many people go to great lengths to become citizens, but we also must accept the responsibilities of citizenship. We have raised generations since WW 2 who ask themselves, “What’s in it for me?” We need to work to raise a generation that believes they have a
responsibility to “do” for this country. It’s not that I pay taxes so that makes me an entitled Renter of this great country. I pay taxes and that makes me a responsible receiver of the blessing. Why do we only rally when we think we might have something taken away? Why do we only seek God when we fear? God has blessed us with this great privilege called America. We need the perspective that some had to work hard to get here. For those of us who have been given this blessing we need to remember to whom much is given, much is required.

Godly citizenship does not boil down
to your opinion, to what you want, to your party affiliation, your personal sociological perspective, marriage or sexual preference issues or your desire not to offend. Teach your children how to choose issues from what God says. Let’s begin thinking of raising a generation that doesn’t only get a piece of the pie vita generation willing to do their part.

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Training Toddlers with Guest: Torrey Roberts | Part 5

Training Toddlers with Guest: Torrey Roberts | Part 5

Oct 12

When Someone Else Is Also Training Your Toddler

There maybe many instances where a toddler may have the opportunity to practice the training outside your home. There may be short stints like nursery or longer stints such as daycare. The short stints can be looked at as practice times away from mom and dad. Be sure to take the time with the childcare worker/nursery attendant/babysitter to check how your child behaved and see what they need to work on.
The areas that can be a little bit more complicated are the family ones. Such as, time with grandparents or sharing time between mom and dad in a divorce. If possible share your parenting plan to see if, for the sake of the children, everyone can do the same thing. If this is not a possibility then at the very least make sure that your house is as consistent as it can be. Be aware that as children come back into your home they will have some adjustment time and adjust your expectations.

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