Good parents "study" their kids and make sure they adjust their parenting to fit the unique qualities of each child.

Talking Points:

  • Take time to study each of your children. God has created each of your kids uniquely-what works for one kid will likely not work for another. Psalm 139:13-16
  • Avoid being a reactive parent. If you’re too emotional, you should take a time out and calm down before responding to your kids. Remember, you are teaching your kids more by what you model than what you say. Ephesians 6:4
  • Kids need room to fail. Instead of trying to protect your kids from every mistake, you should turn them into teachable moments that prepare them for the future.
  1. Initial reactions to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What are some of your biggest challenges in parenting right now? How are you working through them?
  3. Read Psalm 139:13-16. Describe the unique qualities of each of your kids. How do you need to adjust your parenting with each child?
  4. On a scale from 1-10, how reactionary are you as a parent? What usually sets you off? How can you improve on this?
  5. Read Ephesians 6:4. Why is it important to guard against being reactionary as parents? How have you frustrated your kids with your reactions in the past?
  6. Why can failure be a good teaching tool for your family? Give an example.
  7. Is there a step you need to take based on today’s topic?