I love this new conversation area - Christian growth, there’s so many things to talk about, and showing love to our kids is a huge one.
I have a 15 year old daughter, and just as I thought I had her figured out she turned into a teenager. I have a 2 year old niece, and a 2 year old nephew, and they are so much fun. Such tiny little humans and already you can see the sin nature so clearly, which all of us have. We are no different that 2 or 3 year olds, I’d like to go and throw a tantrum in a corner some days when everything goes wrong, in fact a lot of us do this still just in much more sophisticated ways.
I have always wanted my daughter to have a genuine heart response to the love of God, shown through Jesus. Only yesterday, she has decided herself that she’d like to be baptised, after asking Jesus to be her own personal Saviour at a young age of 5. My wife and I are so joyful, and even more so to know that it was her decision to respond, and we did our best to not coerce this in any way. We all want our children to follow in our faith.
Praying is talking to Jesus, and maybe use some imaginative stories before praying about who God is. Check out the interactive Bible app for kids: https://my.bible.com/kids Enjoy the time with kids while it lasts - my daughter doesn’t need a bedtime tuck in anymore, she’s too old for that! I miss it a lot, but understand that teens are growing into adults and this is a good thing. Enjoy every single day while it lasts, because they grow up so fast and you only get one shot at being parents.
Some of the resources that have helped me is:
5 Love Languages for Kids - Gary Chapman
5 Love Languages for Teens - Gary Chapman
Kids / teens test the boundaries to make sure they are there because it makes them feel safe. Looking back, there seems to be periods of quiet when things are going well, then followed by periods of growth where testing of parental boundaries is happening.
and I’ve discovered a new site just this morning, when my wife shared this video from facebook