Hearts and Minds: Raising Your Child With
a Christian View of the World
Parenting is about more than molding the behavior of our kids. It’s about influencing a child’s heart and mind. This seminar shows parents the most effective way to influence the hearts of their children: by applying the principles of a Christian worldview to the process of raising them. This seminar will challenge parents to understand the high cost of parenting and the importance of engaging in five strategic tasks:
1. Parenting with the end in mind:
We all have certain things we want for our children. We want them to grow up knowing right from wrong, good from bad, true from false. But it’s not enough to have the right goals in mind. In this session, we’ll talk about the need to develop a plan to move our kids from where they are to where they need to be. And we’ll find that the most important thing we can do for our kids is focus on ourselves.
2. Instilling values in your child:
Sometimes it seems like everyone has an opinion on how you should raise your children. One expert says to give them more freedom and less structure; another expert says they need less freedom and more structure. In this session, we’ll see how behavior tends to come from something much deeper, and we’ll talk about how to instill five important values in our children’s hearts.
3. Passing the baton of faith:
Every person who enters the world bears an immortal soul and will one day stand before a holy and just God to give an account for what they did with the time and resources they had. In this session, we’ll talk about how to prepare our kids for the one inevitability they all face. And we’ll come to understand that everything we do makes it easier or more difficult for faith to develop in our children.
4. Launching your child into the world:
Parenting is really one, long launching process. From the time you find out you’re expecting a little bundle of joy, you know the clock is ticking. It’s only a matter of time before they leave and make their way in the wide world. That’s how God planned it to happen, but that can be a scary thing for parents. Unless you’ve intentionally prepared your children for it. In this session, we’ll look at three things you can give your kids to help them make a difference in the world.
5. Talking to your kids about sex before someone else does:
Babies are cute and cuddly, and we love their bodies. But as they grow older, their bodies change. Responsible parents help their children deal with issues of sex and sexuality, the physical side as well as the emotional stuff the goes along with it. Someone’s going to talk to your kids about sex. Don’t you want them to hear it from you first?
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