Hello! Welcome to the Spring Parent resources. This podcast is from Jon Tyson and Jeff Bethske, they both recently released books on parenting, Jon- on father hood, and Jeff- on the family. Noah and I both have these books available at church if you are interested in reading them.
Therefore, there is a bit more emphasis on fatherhood through these conversations, however, all of it is helpful for both fathers and mothers and parenting in general. Each episode is about 20 minutes, and each week we will work through a episode with a short reflection here on each.
So, let's jump in with a short overview of week one.
This week Jon and Jeff as the question: whats gone wrong with fatherhood?
Jon and Jeff breakdown a key difference in todays world for formation and shaping kids and students. The difference between an involved parent and an intentional parent. '
Broadly an involved parent is interested, wants to do the right thing, wants to care for the family, and cares about their kids, and that is GREAT.
However, there might be more. Intentional parenting, they say, is having a vision and direction for actually shaping and teaching our kids the things of faith and life. The key in intentional parenting, is knowing our kids, knowning what they need and finding the ways to shape, encourage and form them. Planning out, what and how, we teach our kids and pass on to them.
Meeting each kid where they are at, knowing them personally and teaching them on a relational level.
Some of the first steps here that Jon lays out is....
1. Become aware of the blessings and sins that have been passed on to you from your parents.
2. Affirming the things you want to continue to pass on to your kids.
3. Making a plan to pass those values on to your kids specifically.
Jon's closing encouragement is this: Shifting the way parents shape their families is a holy calling, and when parents step into the way of Jesus is parenting, they are stepping into the kingdom here on this earth.
Again these are just brief summaries, so I hope you can listen in.
Podcast available on Spotify and Apple podcasts!
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