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How to Teach Your Children About God | Lesson 1: Setting Atmospheres

Have you ever wanted to teach something to your children but felt like you didn’t have the tools to communicate in a way they would understand and remember? The truth is, the first church is the home, and the first pastors are you, the parents. Many parents I know have never worked with any children but their own. You might feel unequipped to lead your children in the things of God, and you might even think that as long as you take your children to church that the church will take care of everything for you. For years, I worked to create powerful services for children's ministries, and that is incredibly beneficial. But if what happens inside church does not happen in the home, it is not a lifestyle, and the children are at risk of believing Christianity is event based.

That’s why I want to empower you as the parent to teach your children about spiritual things--and it’s easier than you think

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Being Present

Dirty kids that need baths. Dinner on the stove. Emails coming in on our phones. Dogs barking to be fed. Horse waiting for dinner. “To Do” list with 25 things to get done. Deadlines coming up. Grass in the backyard up to my knees. This is our life…

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ParentingLauren Dahl
Parenting Through a Natural Disaster

It’s not something we like to think about, but sometimes we as parents will have to navigate how to parent our children through a natural disaster. As you probably know, our home was in the Woolsey fire here in LA. We were evacuated for a month before getting back into our home…

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ParentingSeth Dahl
You Can Create an Intentional Culture at Home

One of the keys for creating a home culture or environment we want comes from creating boundaries that work for us as parents. Something that is helpful is to realize that we have the authority in our homes to set boundaries, and if we don’t set them, there are three powerful kids who will be more than happy to set them for us. By boundaries, we don’t mean control. Sometimes when we hear the word ‘boundaries’ we think restrictions and rules. Boundaries can be a negative thing, but it can also be positive…

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ParentingSeth Dahl
The Heart of Intentional Parenting

What does it mean to be intentional in our parenting? For us, as parents, we have the joy of watching our children grow up. We walk beside them through their entire lives and watch them grow from small babies into adults. This overarching view can help us keep things in perspective…

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ParentingSeth Dahl
Managing our Energy as Parents

Most people live a good part of their lives by a schedule, but a lot of us tend to schedule things that drain the life out of us and not enough things that give us life. We get home at night and wonder why we're so drained, even if we are good at time management. It’s because there is an important second side to that coin - energy management.

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ParentingSeth Dahl
You Say that Repeatedly

I had a great conversation with my daughter recently. As she was leaving my room, I hugged her and told her I love her. She looked at me and said, “Dad! You say that repeatedly (she just learned the word ‘repeatedly’ so she’s currently using it all the time).I told her, “For the rest of your life, out of all the things I say to you, ‘I love you’ is going to be the thing I repeat to you the most, because it is the most important thing of all.”

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