If God gave you one parenting do-over, what would you choose and why?

This question was posed to Janet Denison’s blog followers over the summer in order to create a fully active conversation piece. Please chime in with your own comments and keep the conversation going. Next week, and each week thereafter, we will post a new question for subscribers and readers of ChristianParenting.org to participate in.

What are your favorite child activities for summer?

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It’s almost here! With the end of school comes the annual question of how to occupy the children’s attention for up to ten weeks of summer break. What are your favorite activities? Do you send them to church camp or athletic lessons? Are you at the neighborhood or backyard pool every morning? How much screen…

Every child has fears. What is your child afraid of and how do you try to help?

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Monsters in the closet, thunderstorms,  heights, the dark . . . children deal with fears both rational and irrational. Oftentimes a parent knows exactly how to help, but sometimes they struggle to understand their child and what is driving their fears. What about you? Share how you dealt with your child’s fears. What worked, what…

What do you tell your children when they ask about transgendered people?

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With bathroom bills and retail controversies swirling, most adults know about the current debate over the rights and privileges of transgendered people in our culture. And the fact that it’s all over the headlines, whether on TV or online, our children are hearing and reading about it as well. Recently one of our readers asked…

How do you celebrate Lent in your family?

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Typically considered a liturgical church tradition, the season of Lent has made a comeback among evangelical churches in the last few years. More Protestants are finding value in using the six weeks prior to Easter as a time to reflect, repent, and rest before the celebration of the Resurrection. If your family participates in Lenten…

What did you think about Sue Klebold’s interview on 20/20?

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The mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the teens who killed classmates at Columbine High School in 1999, has written a book called A Mother’s Reckoning. She spoke with Diane Sawyer on 20/20 recently, describing her family life before and after the massacre. She had words of warning for parents, imploring them to be involved…

Share a time your kids witnessed you and your spouse prioritizing your marriage.

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We’ve heard it said that the best thing parents can do for the well-being of their children is to nurture and model a strong marriage—to prioritize the marriage relationship purposefully. Not only for the health of the marriage relationship, says pastor and author Gary Sinclair, but for the lessons you can teach your kids about what…

Do you discipline bad language and gossip in your home? If so, how?

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Even if they don’t hear it at home, kids will certainly hear curse words and swearing at school or in public. Toddlers have been known to surprise their parents by blurting out foul language at the dinner table, usually evoking a burst of laughter. Students come home sharing stories about their friends, and the older…

How Does Your Family Celebrate October 31?

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Do you have a favorite tradition for Halloween? Do you emphasize faith-related themes or prefer to ignore it altogether? Tell us how your family handles the Eve of All Hallows!   Photo from Flickr