Parents, sometimes faith and prayer is not enough. As parents, we know this to be true. Consider the perfect parent: God the Father. He created humans and gave us the opportunity to live eternally at peace with Him, the world, the animals and other persons. Yet, the first people, Adam and Eve, still chose to “eat the apple.” The Partnership at Drug Free is a website dedicated to assisting parents with preventing and dealing with drug abuse by their children. Drugfree.org is packed with resources for parents to prevent and handle it when a child is addicted to drugs or alcohol.
Developmental psychologist James Fowler from his book and research, was the first to assign development stages to faith. Fowler’s stages are best understood in predictable stages of human development. They illustrate how faith develops in children giving parents a guide for teaching faith lessons.
Concerned about protecting your child’s innocence? How can parents protect their children from violent images, sexual content and inappropriate content before they are ready for it? More than ever before, parents must be proactive and be aware of what their children view and listen to. When it comes to selecting age-appropriate movies, I recommend Kids-in-mind.com.
Lawrence Kohlberg’s research and theories influenced child psychology and developmental theory for years. It is a powerful tool that can help you understand the motivation behind your child’s decisions at each stage of development.
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.
Have you considered the impact of advertising, commercials and toys on your child’s values? There are ways to protect children from unhealthy toys, pressure from commercials and ways parents can get involved. Find out how commercials impact children and what you can do to protect your child’s innocence.