Parenting FAQ Participants Guide

Join the Conversation:

Record thoughts and questions here that come up as you watch the episode.  Explore them later with the group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discuss the Episode

 

  1. John and Don discussed a set of parenting issues that have to do with technology: cell phones and texting, video games, and social media like Facebook.  What questions do you have in these areas do you have that you would like to discuss with the group?

  2. John and Don discussed another set of parenting issues that have to do with peer relationships and activities: driving, sports, peer pressure, and youth groups. What questions do you have in these areas do you have that you would like to discuss with the group?

  3. John mentioned that he and his wife found a lot of hope in banding together with other parents, doing things together as families and leaning on each other during the parenting years.  Through these relationships, they experienced normality, grace, and wisdom of experience from the other couples.  Where might you find a similar community to support you as a parent?

  4. What issue can your group be praying for in your current family and parenting situation?

Reflect on What Others Have to Say

Underline and mark ideas you would like to discuss.

 

… if parents, pastors and others who have responsibilities with young people join in sharing their troubles and insights, their concerns and strengths, they can become a community… When parents are in community with others who share similar responsibilities and who believe in a similar grace, there is growth.  They discover that they are not the first or the only ones who are doing a less-than-perfect job dealing with the adolescent in their home… When they share needs and strengths, they form a coalition that makes for a stronger ministry than if any tried to go it alone… a ministry that is able to nurture the new life that is forming in the adolescent personality and, at the same time, the new life burgeoning in the parent.

Eugene Peterson, Like Dew Your Youth: Growing Up With Your Teenager

 

Resources for Further Growth

 

“Parenting,” The Complete Book of Everyday Christianity, by R. Paul Stevens.  See also the excellent bibliography at the end of this article.

Raising Great Kids, by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend.

How People Grow, by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend.

Boundaries With Kids, by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend.

Like Dew Your Youth: Growing Up With Your Teenager, by Eugene Peterson.

 

 

 

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