Q & A
These Q & As were taken from our monthly Intentional Parents posts. Visit our Intentional Parents blog for more helpful ideas.
- How can I set an atmosphere of love and peace in my home? Answer.
- How can I get my child to sing in church? She sings at home all the time, but won’t open her mouth at church. Answer.
- Margin sounds wonderful, but I can’t squeeze more time between my kids’ events. Answer.
- What about all the church activities I’m asked to help with? I feel guilty if I say no. Answer.
- What are some ways you seek to live inter-generationally? Answer.
- By keeping your children by your side, aren’t you sheltering them from the real world? Answer.
- With three preschoolers, I’m struggling to find time for personal Bible reading and prayer. And when I do have time, I’m so tired that I can’t comprehend more than a couple of verses. I feel like a spiritual failure. Did you ever feel like this? Answer.
- Why do you always have your girls with you? Answer.
- My oldest daughter is getting pretty bossy with her siblings and friends when they play. How do I handle her telling everybody what to do? Answer.
- My child was potty-trained but has started soiling his underwear again. What do we do? Answer.
- How can I adapt your “Just Between Us Girls” ideas for my sons? Answer.
- How long do you continue the girls’ nights? Answer.
- I take my children to Sunday School and church; we even have family devotions. Isn’t that enough? Answer.
- What can I do with my 18-month-old in church? How can I teach her to be quiet and not cause a disturbance? Answer.
- What are the age guidelines for your three levels of Bible teaching? Answer.
- It’s a struggle to get my toddler to sit through a chapter of the Bible. Do you have any suggestions? Answer.
- I don’t have a Bible degree; how can I teach my children to study the Bible? Answer.
- At what age should I move my child from the Great Stories Level to the Guided Studies Level? Answer.
- I don’t know Hebrew and Greek; how can I teach it to my children? Answer.
- Shouldn’t I give my young children only short phrases to memorize? Answer.
- What verses or passages should we memorize? Answer.
- Have you found any church activities that will equip and encourage you as you disciple your children? Answer.
- How did children learn the Bible before Sunday School? Answer.
- I’m not the artsy-craftsy type. Are you saying I have to teach my children to knit? Answer.
- How can I teach my children to share? Answer.
- How much TV do your children watch? Answer.
- We turned off the television and now our children wander around saying that they’re bored. How should we handle that? Answer.
- What if I don’t know how to sew, build, (fill in the blank)? Answer.
- How can I contain the mess that comes with handcrafts? Answer.
- What about “masterpieces” that feature nudity? Answer.
- Large art books are expensive; where can I find less-expensive pictures that are still large enough for all of us to see the details? Answer.
- Which composer should I start with? Answer.
- Should I focus on only classical composers? Answer.
- At what age should my child start music lessons? Answer.
- Why do you homeschool? Answer.
- Where can I find real books? Answer.
- Can I assume that all real books are good for my child? Answer.
- How do I find interesting people? Answer.
- Should I allow non-Christians to teach my children? Answer.
- Don’t teenagers have to learn to be independent sometime? Answer.
- If my son doesn’t go to college, where will he find his future wife? Answer.
- How can I do nature study in inclement weather? Answer.
- I’m not that great at math; how can I make it a natural part of everyday life? Answer.
- How do I deal with a strong-willed child? Answer.
- How should I discipline my special needs child? Answer.
- I’ve never heard of training my child; can you give me an example of how it works? Answer.
- How can I use all three parts of discipline with my older children? Answer.
- I caught my child playing with the remote, which he knows he’s not allowed to touch. We both knew he was going to get a spanking, but when I told him to “come here,” he threw it across the room and ran away. Now what do I do? Answer.
- How do I handle obedience accompanied with fussing or scowling? Answer.
- I told my two-year-old to pick up a toy in the middle of the room, and he’s been screaming for the last five or ten minutes. What do I do? He is capable of obeying; he’s done the task before. Answer.
- We struggle with our two-year-old son obeying us in public settings. For example, this morning at the post office, he began pushing the baby’s stroller. I told him to stop and to come here; he totally ignored me. I said it to him two or three times and then finally had to get his hands and pull him to me. (He came without a struggle.) What is going on and how do we correct it? Answer.
- What should I do about tattling? Answer.
- Shouldn’t we be teaching our children how to serve in the church? What do home skills have to do with ministry? Answer.
- Which home skills would you recommend starting with? Answer.
- How do I know at what age to introduce which chores? Answer.
- Do you have a practical way to keep chores organized with several children? Answer.
- Do you give allowances based on completed chores? Answer.
- How much money should an allowance be and at what ages? Answer.
- What should I do if my daughter doesn’t have enough money to buy a gift for someone? Answer.
- How do you have the right amount of cash for each child’s allowance each week? Answer.
- How can I teach my child to cook if I don’t know how? Answer.
- At what age should a child be able to follow a recipe? Answer.