(I was compensated for my review of the review of this course. However, all opinions are 100% my own.)
Have you ever considered what it means to be a Biblical parent? I’ll be honest, while I always want to lead my children towards Christ, I sometimes fail to INTENTIONALLY parent with the Bible in mind.
I believe that sometimes Christian parents can fall into the “good enough” trap.
- “Well, we attend church three times a week, isn’t that good enough?”
- “We say our prayers at bedtime, isn’t that good enough?”
- “We are sooooo active at our church, isn’t that good enough?”
- “I’ve always taught them to be good, moral people. Isn’t that good enough?”
Yes, all of those things are great, but do you have an intentional, Biblical plan in your parenting?
Recently I was given the opportunity to review the course 5 Pillars of Biblical Parenting from The Character Corner. I went into the review with a bit of trepidation, not knowing what to expect.
I came out of the course with a healthy amount of conviction.
Oh, it’s not that I don’t try to lead my children towards Christ. We always want him to be the center of our home. The question I left the course with is am I always being intentional in my Biblical parenting. Sadly, I think the answer is sometimes no.
You see I am diligent in the planning of our curriculum, but I often throw in character enrichment at the last minute. And, If I’m honest, I don’t spend near as much time planning our “faith goals” as I do our academic ones. Through the study I really had my eyes opened to some things.
The program is broken down into five units, or “pillars,” of Biblical parenting.
Each unit is designed to be completed in one week, making this a very low-stress course. The course contains multiple videos and a workbook. The videos run from 5 minutes to about 15 minutes, and the workbook makes it easy to stay focused and on track.
Kathie guided me through the course with the wisdom and grace that only a mother of 8 children could possess. In other words, this lady really knows her stuff. My favorite part of the course is that she gives practical application tips for each area.
Want to know how to cultivate character in your child? She will give you 10 steps to set up an action plan that encourages character. She also includes character chart printables as a supplement to the lesson. There’s also a bonus lesson on tips for first-time obedience that’s great.
I guess my biggest “Aha” moment came in the character unit. Kathie was discussing the scripture from II Peter 1:5. “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;” She pointed out that faith comes first, character second, and then knowledge. Wow. That’s an eye opener of a reminder for this homeschool mom.
See, as a homeschool mom I work every day to increase knowledge in my daughters. The problem is if I don’t intentionally focus on their faith and character first that knowledge will be built on sinking sand. In the end, it won’t matter.
The objectives for this course are:
- See what the Bible says about building your child’s faith
- Learn how your children develop character
- See and develop a practical plan for training your kids in Godly character
- See what the purpose of Biblical discipline is
- Learn how to train your child’s heart with Scripture
- See how to take the frustration out of discipline
- Recognize why it is vital to build a strong relationship with your child
- Recognize mistakes that hurt the parent/child relationship
- Put ideas into practice that will win your child’s heart
- Pray more specifically for your children
All of these objectives are discussed in detail. Then you are given practical plans, as well as actionable steps to implement those plans. She backs up her lectures with scripture, as well as quotes from other authors.
So was there anything I didn’t love about this course?
Honestly, not really. I will say that at times I had to rewind to catch some of the answers in the workbook, but that was probably due to my own attention span issues. You will also need to print the workbooks before you start the lectures.
I guess I could say that I didn’t like how bad my toes hurt after she stepped on them, but I’m thinking that’s my fault not hers.
So do you want to build up your pillars of Biblical parenting? Then I recommend this course.