If being a parent has taught me anything, it is that I am not a parenting expert. I have become far more hesitate to give parenting advice after having kids than before I had kids. But thankfully there are people who research parenting stuff for a living. And I am happy to share with you some of their best articles. Here are three helpful articles I came across this week.
What Should I Do When My Kid Says, “I’m Not Going to Church”?
A statement like, “I’m not going to church” no longer has to result in conflict between parents and kids. Instead it can be an opportunity. This great article will show how that is possible.
Moving from YOU SHOULD to SHOULD YOU?
I like any article that encourages parents to pull an intellectual Judo move on their kids. In this article, Jonathan McKee does just that. With this little move you’ll no longer resort to lecturing your kids on what not to listen to, watch, or even wear. But instead you’ll empower them to use their own reasoning skills to make wiser decisions.
When Children View Pornography and How To Respond
By the time your kids are in middle school there is a very good chance they have been exposed to pornography. This is a sad but well documented fact. Parents must know how to respond. These articles provide parents with helpful information on what to do when their kids are exposed to pornography and to how protect them in the future. A must read for every parent.
I hope you found these articles helpful. Share your thoughts in the comments section. And let others readers know what parenting articles you have found helpful?
I’m not sure if I’m buying the response to the kid who doesn’t want to go to church. There’s no real debate on Sunday morning about the topics presented, right? It’s so much like a lecture and kids get enough of that during the week. So then I have to convince my kid to go on Sunday and also join a bible study or Sunday school class where they can discuss more?
If I had to choose a battle, I think I’d prefer they attend youth group to have discussions and build friendships… then hopefully they build up endurance for Sundays as adults? Sometimes I don’t want to go to church but there’s a feeling of responsibility I don’t expect most young adults to share.
That’s a fair point. It’d be helpful for us to create a way students (and others) could give feedback about Sundays. Any suggestions? 🙂
All good articles though! Especially the last two. I just like causing trouble. (The SHOULD YOU thing can be a little passive aggressive but I think it’s the right idea.)