Spiritual Growth of Children


What greater gift can you give your children than one that lasts for eternity?
Passing on a heritage of faith to children is an incredible privilege God gives to parents. And now there?s a tool to help make it easy! Inside the Parents? Guide to the Spiritual Growth of Children, you?ll find dozens of simple, practical ways to not only tell you children what you believe, but to show them how to make faith in God...

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What greater gift can you give your children than one that lasts for eternity?
Passing on a heritage of faith to children is an incredible privilege God gives to parents. And now there’s a tool to help make it easy! Inside the Parents’ Guide to the Spiritual Growth of Children, you’ll find dozens of simple, practical ways to not only tell you children what you believe, but to show them how to make faith in God part of everyday life.
This comprehensive guide includes helpful reference sections, such as

  • The Greatest Gift You Can Give: how to get started, building your confidence, understanding your unique role in the spiritual development of your family
  • Your Children’s Ages and Stages: developing your children’s Christian values from birth to adolescence; leading your children to personal, loving relationships with God; using fun, faith-filled activities for each stage of your children’s development
  • Designing a Plan for Your Family: creating a customized spiritual growth plan for your family based on shared interests and personality types, carving out special teaching times the whole family will enjoy, bringing the Bible into everyday life
  • Practical Questions and Resources: answers to questions parents ask most, additional resources, memory verses, and more
Encouraging, empowering, and enlightening, Parents’ Guide to the Spiritual Growth of Children takes every Christian parent’s desire to pass their faith along to their children—and helps put that desire into action. Tyndale House Publishers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589971431
  • Publisher: Focus Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Series: FOTF Complete Guide Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 775,131
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part I The Single Most Important Task for Christian Parents
Chapter 1 There Is a Better Way! 7
Chapter 2 Little Pictures Make the Big Picture 15
Chapter 3 Spiritual Training 101 25
Chapter 4 But What If ...? 37
Chapter 5 Making a Commitment You Can Keep 51
Part II How to Pass On Your Spiritual Legacy
Introduction 61
Section A Your Family's Portrait 65
Chapter 6 What Is Your Family's "History of Faith"? 67
Chapter 7 What Pace Does Your Family Live At? 73
Chapter 8 What Are Your Family's Interests? 79
Chapter 9 Identifying Your Family's Unique Personal Strengths 87
Chapter 10 Your Family Portrait: Putting It All Together 97
Section B Your Children's Ages and Stages 101
Introduction 103
Chapter 11 Ages 0-4: Laying the Foundation 107
Chapter 12 Ages 5-6: Establishing and Teaching About Relationships 115
Chapter 13 Ages 7-9: Giving Them the Reasons for Their Faith 121
Chapter 14 Ages 10-12: Helping Them Make the Right Choices 129
Section C Ideas and Methods You Can Choose From 137
Introduction 139
Church-Related Spiritual Training
Chapter 15 Church 143
"On-the-Spot" Spiritual Training
Chapter 16 Mealtime 149
Chapter 17 Drive Time 155
Chapter 18 Bedtime 161
Chapter 19 Fun Time 167
Chapter 20 Teachable Moments 173
Ideas, Methods, and Tools for the Family
Chapter 21 Family Nights 177
Chapter 22 Family Devotions 185
Chapter 23 Meaningful Memories 189
Special Times and Events
Chapter 24 Blessing Ceremonies 197
Chapter 25 Holidays 203
Ideas, Methods, and Tools for Individual Growth
Chapter 26 Quiet Time 213
Chapter 27 Exploration Time 221
Section D Designing Your Family Spiritual Growth Plan 229
Chapter 28 Putting It All Together in a Plan 231
Part III The Content of Your Spiritual Legacy
Introduction 271
Chapter 29 From Hugs to Hosannahs: What Your 0-4-Year-Old Can Learn 277
Chapter 30 From Friendships to Faith: What Your 5-6-Year-Old Can Learn 291
Chapter 31 From Bikes to Bibles: What Your 7-9-Year-Old Can Learn 319
Chapter 32 From Wrestling to Worship: What Your 10-12-Year-Old Can Learn 357
Part IV Practical Questions and Resources
Appendix I Topical Questions and Answers 387
Appendix II Resource List 401
Appendix III Memory Verses 425
Index 435
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