"Tests are not a plot and conspiracy against you.  A test is to determine what you know, to see if you're ready for the next level (ie - a math test).  Don't moan over tests — count them all joy, and pass them!" — Karen Jensen

Help! I Have a Teenager!

I often run into parents of kids ages 9 and up who are asking that age old question, “What happened to my sweet little 8-year-old?”

And I don’t mean to be the bearer of bad news, but the truth is: they’re gone forever (sorry!).

Hey, if they weren’t growing and changing, something would be wrong.

Rejoice in their changes and their progress! Enjoy these years while you can – they will end soon enough.

 

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EVERY TIME Your Child Disobeys

God has given children one commandment for their lives (He knew they had short attentions spans!).

It’s in Ephesians 6:1: “Children, obey your parents in Lord for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise: that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”

God knew that kids who grow up obeying their parents will grow up to be adults who obey Him. And things will go well with them, and they’ll live a long, happy life.

So when you teach your child to obey you, it’s not so you can look good or have peace and quiet – it’s so you can help them fulfill the one commandment on their life. It’s not optional.

The key to helping them learn to obey....

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Saying You're Sorry

As parents we don’t do everything right when we’re raising our kids.

Sometimes we lose our temper, or make knee-jerk decisions that are wrong, or lay down laws that are too harsh. There’s no end to the ways we can blow it, right?

But here’s the deal – there are no perfect parents (and by the way, no perfect kids either! If it was your goal to raise perfect kids, give that one up. Change it to ‘raising godly kids’).

The best thing we can do when we’re wrong is...

 

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God is Helping Your Child Today!

When my boys were younger, we prayed before school every day.

As I prayed, I always told them that they had such an unfair advantage over the world – they had (and still have) the Greater One living in them! (1 John 4:4)

Isn't that the truth?! With the Spirit of the living God inside us, we don't have to face daily challenges on our own -- we have His supernatural help!

One time a mom told me she had been fretting and anxious over her children (even though they were saved), so she began reading the "Parenting With a Purpose" devotional every day....

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What Parent's Are Saying

“My four year old son was out of control, to the point where I had to take him out of pre-school and stay home with him. But after just a few days of applying these parenting principles, he has changed dramatically!  Now he listens and obeys, and our home is peaceful – it’s almost miraculous! I am putting him back in school and able to continue with my own schooling.  Thank you so much!”  — F.L.

“My wife and I began putting these principles into practice right away and began to see excellent results. Our children respond very well to our godly way of discipline.  So much better for us. Thank you!”    — M.L.

“I attended one of Karen's seminars and it was far above everything I expected. It has equipped me with information that I needed to properly launch my children into their destinies.” — R.T.

“I have a 2 year old daughter and I didn’t believe in spanking until I watched Parenting With a Purpose and was made to understand the biblical purpose of spanking. Now I get it!  Now my daughter will benefit every day of her life – she’ll be able to fulfill God’s purpose for her life.  My home is now peaceful and calm with a loving and obedient daughter who will grow up obeying God’s Word quickly.”   — T.O.

“I learned SO much from Parenting With a Purpose about God’s view of parenting. I especially learned about correction and why & how to do it.  I can’t imagine waiting until my child is older before taking this course.” — K.H.

“After applying these principles of correction then praying with my son afterwards, he gave me a big hug and looked straight into my eyes and said, ‘I love you, Mom!’ I just melted.  He is 3 and has never expressed this kind of emotion before. I have taken many parenting classes and finally one that works! I now have the skills to help my child obey me so he will obey God." — M.J.

"Our 6-year-old grandson got his first report card at school this Friday.  The teacher had only positive things to say about him.  She said he is affectionate and helpful, both to her and his fellow sutdents.  He is obedient, attentive and a good worker. His big ‘turn around’ from being a rather disobedient and whiny troublemaker began when you came to our city and taught us how to raise children God’s way. My husband and I bought your Parenting With a Purpose CDs and gave them to our daughter.  Since then our grandson has never been the same.  I am so happy.  Thank you so much for coming!"  — L.K.