“Intentional Parenting” – the Living Room

Keith Tusing September 29, 2011 3

Intentional Parenting   the Living Room Children\s Ministry YouthToday we continue with our discussion of the New book “Intentional Parenting by Tad Thompson.  Each day this week we are looking at a portion of the book and the recommendations made to improve parental discipleship.  We value your input and as a Thank You we are giving away 5 copies of the book courtesy of Cruciform Press. Simply leave a Comment and you will be entered in our drawing to be held on Saturday.

So, let’s take a look in the Living Room.  Tad starts by revisiting Moses’ directive to parents in Deuteronomy 6.  As you read through Moses’ statements here you fully understand that parental discipleship is an on-going, daily process.  I love this statement from Tad: “Discipleship is most effectively accomplished when the practice is integrated into the rhythm of everyday life.”  We are directed by scripture to weave discipleship into everyday life so that our children see it as a natural part of our daily routine.

In “Intentional Parenting” there is a recognition and definition of “Four Spheres of Family Influence” that can help to create a strategy for discipling our children.

Sphere One – Home

Sphere Two – The Community

Sphere Three – The Church

Sphere Four – The World

“Intentional Parenting” goes into detail about each of these areas and how we can make an influential impression in each sphere.  A few examples:

Home – meals, family game night, bedtime

Community – drive to school, grocery shopping, serving

Church – corporate worship, ministry opportunities

World – watch the news, family mission trips, giving

In the spheres of influence where do you find it easier to connect with your child?  where do you find it most difficult? What is one area you would like to see parents really buy into? Let us hear your voice Leave a Comment.

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  1. Vanessa September 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm -

    It is definitely important to take advantage of the teachable moments that arise in everyday life. I believe that families serving together is very important. When children see their parents serving and have the opportunity to join in, that makes a huge impact!

  2. Alan Clark September 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm -

    I have found the home to be the easiest/friendliest environment for intentional periods of instruction and meaningful conversation. We have created a routine/rhythm that has these types of opportunities built-in. After dinner until bed time is the typically the easiest. 
    The more difficult environment for our family is in the car. We have a 2 year old and 4 month old. It doesn’t take long for things to get loud or busy when we are in the car headed out for errands or church. 

  3. Rob Hicks September 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm -

    Why didn’t kids come with an owner’s manual just like my truck?