Good parents "study" their kids and make sure they adjust their parenting to fit the unique qualities of each child.
- 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.
- Initial reactions to this topic? What jumped out at you?
- What are some of your biggest challenges in parenting right now? How are you working through them?
- 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?
- On a scale from 1-10, how reactionary are you as a parent? What usually sets you off? How can you improve on this?
- 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?
- Why can failure be a good teaching tool for your family? Give an example.
- Is there a step you need to take based on today’s topic?