As a parent, I am always trying to teach and train my children. Whether we’re working in the kitchen, planting seeds in the flower garden or getting the house under control, there are many teachable moments. Sometimes I do great and really feel good about how I parent. But other times (many times) I feel like I completely miss the mark. A few weeks ago I received a book called Parenting with Scriptures. I am excited to begin to use this new resource with my family.
Parenting with Scripture
How would you like to have a book divided by topics with scriptures for each subject? If the kids begin to show discontent, then I can just go alphabetically to the topic Contentment. You will find a dictionary definition of the topic and a list of Bible verses that support the subject. On the second page, you will find discussion questions to help promote conversation.
One of the things I love about this book is the Take Action section. It makes a suggestion of something you can do to reinforce the topic. For Confidence, one of the suggestions is to watch The Sound of Music and talk about the song “I have Confidence” that Julia Andrews sings on her way to the Captain’s home. Some suggestions include a craft like making a bookmark or doing an activity sheet. Other times you may have the suggestion to go out and volunteer at a charity or do something in the community.
This would be a great book for a Sunday School teacher or devotional leader to keep on their shelf. You could easily adapt each of these topics into a classroom setting.
Here’s a video clip from the author explaining a great way to use this book when Teachable Moments come up.
About the Book
Parenting with Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments: The 101 alphabetically arranged two-page topics address behavior, attitude, emotions, and actions. Examples include Forgiveness, Humility, Anger, and Procrastination. Each topic is comprised of Scripture passages, discussion questions, action items, and parenting tips. This revised edition of Parenting with Scripture adds detailed help for parents to quickly identify teachable moments and know what to do when they appear.
About the author
Kara Durbin writes from her experience and background in elementary education and involvement in children’s ministry. Kara, her husband, and children currently make their home in Richardson, TX.
You can find some downloadable resources on Kara Durbin’s website.
I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review.