The book and video series, Effective Parenting In A Defective World, by Chip Ingram (Focus on the Family, 2006), is a powerful, practical guide for parents with children of all ages. We also highly recommend the DVD study and guide for small groups or Sunday School classes.
We used the video series curriculum and discussion guide with our small group when our children were teenagers. The discussions encouraged group members to consider their choices as parents, what they said and how to navigate difficult concepts.
The lessons are practical and helpful for parents, particularly those entering the late elementary and early teen years. Ingram and his wife provide tips and insights from their own experience as parents. They encourage parents to transition from being the authority figure, or “in-charge” of all their child’s decisions, to an influencer. Ideally, both parents, whether married or divorced, should participate in the study, but even single parents can benefit from this Christian parenting study.
One thing to keep in mind is that Ingram and his wife have lived what they teach in this powerful parenting series. Their own son left the faith for a time and they and their son share about lessons learned through the process of their son’s restoration to God and family.
question, my daughter uses bribery to get her daughter to do as asked. What are your suggestions, thank you
Bribery is one form of attempting to correct behavior. While effective in certain measures, overuse of any particular method is ineffective. Encourage her to use a variety of methods to increase discipline. Those include time-outs, discussion and a host of other methods. In addition pray for wisdom and be sure to use gentleness. Blessings. Dr. Lon Flippo
Hiya, I’m really glad I have found this infotmarion. Today bloggers publish just about gossips and web and this is really irritating. A good blog with interesting content, that’s what I need. Thank you for keeping this website, I will be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Can not find it.
Thanks for your response. No newsletter yet, but video blogs are coming soon!
A retired teacher, age 82, and I am asked to write a short monthly article instructing parents in raising Christian children. I am asking permission to use some of your ideas (I find your work extremely well thought out and simplified for maximum understanding). If I quote from your writing I would surely give you credit. You had me from the beginning with the transfer of children’s dependence on parent to dependence on Christ. That is so beautiful and valuable. I am buying your book, “Effective Parenting in a Defective World. I shall also recommend your writing to the parents.
Thank you for continuing to invest in parents and families. Please feel free to cite my material.
A retired teacher but now volunteering for a mission school. I’ve been asked to give a talk to parents at a church on Christian parenting probably because my children, 3 grown, all turned out well-disciplined and on a good path. I have not done this before, and I will simply talk about how both my husband and I kept them disciplined, taught in faith, but most of all feel loved and first in our decisions. I came across your material and would like to ask for any tips.
So sorry for the delay in replying. I have been out of the country for several weeks. So glad you are being given the opportunity to speak to parents, there is much for younger parents to learn from those who have traveled the road. Remember, there will be those whose kids are struggling, are prodigal, or unsaved. Give them hope in Christ as parents, no matter where they are on the journey.