Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Solutions for the Blame Game

Biblical Parenting Podcast 8: Solutions for the Blame Game

Some kids have a hard time accepting responsibility for their actions. Instead, they blame their problems and mistakes on others. These kids often view themselves as victims, believing that if everyone else would change then they would be happy. This episode of the Parenting is Heart Work Podcast will help you address that issue in your child's life. In fact, every child needs to learn how to think rightly about their mistakes and this podcast will give you specific ideas for teaching it. Hear more at

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Value of Correction

Biblical Parenting Podcast 7: The Value of Correction

Every child needs correction. It's part of every parent's job description. So, how are you doing in the correction department with your child? If correction is damaging your relationship or your child reacts poorly when you have to correct, then you will find this podcast enlightening, providing you with some ideas for changing the dynamic in your home. Hear more at

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Truth about Lying

Another Parenting Tip from The National Center for Biblical Parenting…
Truth is foundational to relationships. It helps us know and understand others so that we can interact with them effectively. When people are honest and tell the truth, we learn to trust them. When a person lies, our thinking about that person changes. Trust is broken. This is particularly hurtful when it’s our child who break our trust. We want to believe our kids. We want to give them the benefit of the doubt. We want to trust them. When a child lies, we’re stuck. We ask, “How can she do this to me? Why would he lie to me?” Our very relationship feels threatened.

Lying is an attack on our closeness with our children. It makes us feel angry and betrayed. But the solution is not to yell, or punish, or demand the truth. Overpowering or forcing specific words will do little to develop integrity in our children. What we need is a plan. We need to understand the deeper problem and get to the heart of our children.

Deception is a term we use to describe a number of dishonest words or actions. Lying is only one piece of the bigger puzzle. Some people define lying as saying something that is not true, but we believe lying has more to do with the intent of the speaker. The person who reports inaccurate information is just mistaken unless he intends to deceive. We believe that lying is best defined this way:

Lying:  Stating something, either written, oral, or with other signals, with the intent to mislead or deceive.

Having honest discussions about what lying is and how it damages relationship is important in family life. There are many other important strategies for fighting the battle against lying but an important one is to dialogue about this important issue. Now, that doesn't simply mean lecturing after a lie. It means taking time in non-discipline moments to do some helpful teaching.

For more practical ideas about developing honesty in your family see our book, Good and Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character In You and Your Kids. One of the helpful tools in this book is a questionnaire in Chapter 8. Ten stories pose ethical dilemmas for kids. Do your children know the right answers?

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Helping Kids Choose What's Right, Not What's Easy

Biblical Parenting Podcast 6: Helping Kids Choose What's Right, Not What's Easy

Do you feel sometimes like your kids are just trying to get by in life and not taking the initiative that they need to be mature and responsible? If so, you'll want to listen to these practical solutions offered on this week's podcast. This is another episode in the series on the conscience in kids and how to parent in ways that develop it now. Hear more at