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Collected Blog: Outsource

At our official Hillsong Blog ‘Collected’ I just had a post of mine go up. It’s a quite a strong piece about not outsourcing only what we can do as parents. And also a call to take Church seriously. I would love you to visit, have a read and at the least click the like button at the bottom. But at the most write a comment/response. It would be GREAT to get conversation going about this topic on Collected…. it would say so much to have the topic that is often a discussion on kids pastors blogs get some major recognition on our wider Church blog! Thanks in advance.

Here is the post:

I have outsourced my child’s swimming development.

You see, I’m just not an expert on the subject. I haven’t studied swim theory and I am completely unfamiliar with what it takes to learn how to become a swimmer even to the most basic of levels… which I would assume is ‘not drowning’. Click to read on!

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Kinda cool news

So apparently there is an International Bible Competition for Jewish young people

A student from a girl’s school near Tel Aviv beat 15 finalists to win the 2010 International Bible contest, traditionally held on Israel’s Independence Day. Or Ashual, 17, whose name means “light,” is a student at Amana girls’ school in Kfar Saba. Her father, Shimon, won the contest 27 years ago.

Like father, like daughter!

Not discount generic claritin sure exactly what the questions are… probably doesn’t include the new testament. :)

What you value as a parent WILL leak to your kids!

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Family Driven Faith

Just read a book that really messed me up.

Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham Jr.

I am pretty focussed right now on making sure I know where I am heading as a father to my little Brooklyn (3 years).

So I am reading a bunch of books on parenting and especially developing faith.

Voddie lives in a very different culture than me, and a different church culture than me… but he bought into sharp focus to me for both my family life and ministry life – What is the end result I want for this child?

And then… how do we get there?

Let’s look at what we do… is it producing the right results?

Voddie is a homeschooler and his church is a ‘family-integrated‘ model which is something new to me and definitely something I am checking out and coreg becomes generic believe I can learn from (check out NCFIC).

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Revolutionary Parenting

In my blog you write posts and can save them as a draft without posting them online. So this post here has been a draft for over a year now, so I thought I would just end it’s loneliness and make cialis generic information it live… it’s about a book I making my way toward reading:

Revolutionary Parenting kind of a new book by George Barna as a followup to Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions.

Article on the Barna website about the conclusions the book has made:
Research Shows Parenting Approach Determines Whether Children Become Devoted Christians

Check it out!

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the “right to be inappropriate”

We should and can expect parents to make right decisions about their children — right?

Parents want their kids to grow up strong, healthy and have the knowledge neccasary to lead a productive life — right?

Maybe we assume to much? If you ask any parent the question above, the overwhelming response will be — “of course they want that for their child”.

Parents may have the desire to see that for their children, but lets assume that they don’t know HOW to achieve that. Just like what happened in the recent hurricane Katrina disaster — FEMA and the American Red Cross launched a pilot progam in which 10,500 emergency debit cards at a value of $2000 a piece were issued to evacuees.

The program was killed within a few days of its implementation, though, because of reported abuses: one survivor reportedly bought “over $700 in high heel shoes and purses” at a Memphis department store “while (her) younger children, most of them looked under the age of 3, looked like they haven’t showered in weeks.”

“If they make an inappropriate decision as to what to purchase, the whole issue of victims’ rights comes into play,” said Bill Hildebrandt, CEO of the Mid-South chapter of the American Red Cross, “They have a right, I guess, to be inappropriate.”

Lets always assume, when dealing with parents, that they have the desire but not the knowledge — and work to educating them to approporiate decisions!

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Bring Out the Best in Your Children

Article reprinted from Aish.com

Rabbi Zelig Pliskin is the author of 20 books so far. His latest books published by Artscroll are: “Happiness,” “Kindness,” “Courage,” “Patience,” “Serenity,” “Enthusiasm”, and “Harmony with Others”.

20 Ways to Bring Out the Best in Your Children
by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

1) Love your children unconditionally — irrespective of whether they “behave nicely,” clean up their room, and do their homework. Your love must go beyond this. Your children will feel it.

2) Each day tell your children that you love them. All you have to say is three words, “I love you.” If this is difficult for you, that is a sign you really need to say it.

3) Speak and act in ways that gives your children a positive self-image. Believe in your child. Believe in his abilities and potential. Say explicitly, “I believe in you.” How do you know when you are successful at this? When your child says, “I see that you believe in me.”

4) Be a role model for the traits and qualities that you want your children to possess. Share your day with your kids so they know what you do and can learn from you and your experiences.

5) Clarify the main positive qualities you want your child to develop. Keep praising those qualities. Reinforce each quality when your child speaks or acts in ways consistent with that quality.

6) Each child is unique and different. Understand each child’s uniqueness and take it into consideration when a challenge arises. Don’t take the “cookie cutter” approach. A method of disciple that inspires one child may discourage another.

7) Word your comments positively. Focus on the outcome you want. Say: “By developing this quality (for example, taking action right away), you will be more successful in life.” (Rather than saying the negative.)

8) Keep asking yourself, What is the wisest thing to say to my child right now? Especially say this when your child has messed up.

9) Read great books to your children.

10) When you come across a story that has an important positive lesson for your child, relate it. Look for stories that teach lessons. Ask people for stories that had a positive influence on their lives.

11) Create a calm, loving, anger-free atmosphere in your home. Consistently speak in a calm and loving tone of voice. See, hear, and feel yourself being a calm person who has mastered the ability to maintain an emotional and mental state that is centered, focused and flowing.

12) Master patience. Life is a seminar in character development. Your children are your partners in helping you become a more patient person. Even when challenges arise, speak in a tone of voice that is balanced.

13) If you make a mistake when interacting with your children, apologize. Ultimately they will respect you more than if you try to deny the mistake.

14) Watch other parents interact with their children. Notice what you like. Apply the positive patterns.

15) In watching other parents, also notice what you don’t like. Think about ways that you might be doing the same. Resolve not to speak and act that way.

16) Keep asking people you know and meet, “What did you like about what your parents said and did?”

17) Every day, express gratitude in front of your children. Ask them regularly, “What are you grateful for?”

18) Become a master at evaluating events, situations and occurrences in a realistic positive way. Frequently ask your children, “What would be a positive way of looking at this?”, or “How can we grow from this?”

19) When your children make mistakes, help them learn from those mistakes.

20) Each and every day, ask yourself, “What can I say and do to be an even better parent?”