Each generation is different from the one before it. Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace, co-authors of the book, "So the Next Generation Will Know," tell us about the unique ways Gen Z-those born between 1995 and 2015-differs from their parents and grandparents. First, this is the first truly digitally native generation. Their phones are their lifeline. Parents shouldn't neglect teaching their kids about the responsibilities of owning a smartphone and interacting online. Moms and dads also need to work at connecting with their kids and answering the questions they have about life and God.
Will my kids abandon the faith? Authors Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace realize this is a question on the heart of parents. While some insist that teaching kids the truth will keep them tethered to their faith, others believe that relationships are the key. In reality, kids need both. While there are a lot of factors that lead to a child's thriving faith, studies have shown that the number one factor is a child's warm relationship with his or her father.
Authors Brandon and Analyn Miller, parents of seven children, changed their parenting strategy 10 years into the parenting journey and realized their kids did much better when they parented to their strengths rather than always focusing on their weaknesses. This changed the way they looked at their children's grades in school, and helped their kids see themselves differently. Excelling at some things persuaded their kids to try things they weren't so good at.
Brandon and Analyn Miller, parents of seven, remind us it's our job to find out what is unique about each of our children beginning when they are toddlers. We need to become students of our children, encouraging their strengths and recognizing their weaknesses. Asking questions about what they like and don't like is a great way to discover who God made them to be.
Jennifer Lyell has taught children about Jesus for years in her Sunday school class. So it wasn't a surprise that she would want to put the simple truths of the Bible in an easy to understand book for children called "The Promises of God Storybook Bible." For Lyell, this book is a labor of love, designed to reach out to children with the love and hope of God. Lyell tells how one little boy in particular, Job, touched her heart and convicted her of the importance of teaching God's truth to the youngest and most vulnerable among us.
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