By Nathaniel Williams
Do your kids see you follow Jesus? Do they see you read the Bible, pray, talk to unbelievers and practice repentance?
We discussed these questions in Sunday’s message on Acts 19:11-20. Let’s be honest: These are hard questions. After all, our families (and our kids) see all of us — the very best and the very worst. Training our kids to follow Jesus is not easy.
As a family, we are still learning how to do this well in our own family. That said, we have found a few tools that have been helpful for us in this journey. We hope they can be helpful to you, too.
Without further ado, here’s a book, app, music, and podcast to help you.
We’ve owned several storybook Bibles, but The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones is by far the best. The writing is crisp and enjoyable. The artwork is beautiful. And Lloyd-Jones masterfully connects each story — from beginning to end — to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
As you read this to your kids at bedtime, your kids will learn so much (and you might learn a thing or two as well).
Catechism sounds like a scary sounding word. But don’t be scared! A catechism is simply a teaching tool used by other Christian faith traditions, and this catechism comes in app form so anyone can use it.
The best part of this app is that it includes song versions of the questions for children. They’re surprisingly catchy; I sang one on and off all day last week.
Slugs and Bugs is a series of children’s music to help teach kids the Bible. In these songs, musician Randall Goodgame puts important Bible verses to music. The songs are catchy, fun, and thoroughly biblical.
Between your parents, social media, and friends, everyone has an opinion about how you should parent — and everyone’s opinion seems different. Add in the weight of others’ expectations with the regular ups and downs of parenting, and life can be exhausting.
The Risen Motherhood podcast is dramatically different. Co-hosts Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler seek to apply the grace of the gospel to every parenting situation you encounter. Their words are a breath of fresh air in a stress filled world.
What other tools would you recommend?