Today's world is not interested in "train up children in the way they should go". So many parents are abandoning their responsibilities to disciple their children and leaving it up to babysitters, teachers, and relatives.
When God began to reveal the importance and depth of our role as parents, we felt very overwhelmed. We didn't see many examples of a discipling family, not even in the Christian community. It's discouraging that there are not many Titus 2 men and women out there discipling younger men and women, but that's another entry for another time!
I saw all these principles in the bible, but I wasn't exactly sure HOW to apply them in a way my children would understand. Then a friend of mine introduced me to Vision Forum. I found so much wonderful material, and thought I would share the things I enjoy (or am at least about to enjoy!).
Raising Maidens of Virtue (book) by Stacy McDonald
"Through stories, conversational teachings, illustrations, and memory-making projects, Raising Maidens of Virtue covers topics such as guarding the tongue, idleness, sibling relationships, honoring parents, contentment, modesty, purity, cleanliness, and feminine biblical beauty."
Young Lady's Guide to the Harmonious Development of Christian Character (book)
This book was written over 150 years ago, but is still applicable today. Parents can use this book as a "teaching manual". I think it's also a good book for young men to read as well!
Why Christian Manhood Must Prevail (CD)
"How can we disciple our sons to be the true heirs of Christendom? In this powerful message, Doug Phillips calls the men and boys of our generation back to the lost legacy of Christian manhood, urging them to recover the old chivalric code that was once a hallmark of Western culture. Christian manhood, he maintains, must be recaptured or else our civilization will be destroyed. Yet there is hope: If we raise our sons to preserve, protect, and promote the ancient doctrine of “women and children first,” they can become “the repairer of the breach” and lead the West to greatness once again."
Raising Noble Sons & Victorious Daughters (6 books)
"The Bible exhorts sons and daughters to act with nobility, honor, and purpose. The world teaches them to devote themselves to self-indulgence, entertainment and selfish pursuits. The Bible teaches that while there are many areas of overlap in the preparation of boys and girls for life, there are also key differences. The world minimizes and mocks those differences. The Bible emphasizes a distinctively masculine vision of boyhood, and a distinctively feminine vision of girlhood. The world glorifies and markets an androgynous vision of childhood. [...]
Raising Noble Sons and Victorious Daughters Collection, is a library of six books offers practical advice for equipping boys and girls for the high calling of biblical manhood and womanhood. Topics covered include: how to choose friends: how to guard the tongue: how to act during public worship: how to behave at the table: how to be graceful and feminine: how to keeps one’s mind pure before marriage: how to govern the tongue: how to encourage brothers and sisters to be best friends: and much more."
Family Driven Faith (book) by Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr.
Family Driven Faith: Doing what it takes to raise sons & daughters who walk with God. "Drawing from Deuteronomy 6 and other passages, Dr. Baucham explains the power of family-centered discipleship, demonstrating how the day-to-day training of our children can lay the groundwork for multi-generational faithfulness."
Home-Making (book) by J.R. Miller
It's not another book about dishes and laundry. It's about making a God-oriented family. Written in the 1880's, it's been described as a "call to arms" for Christian families. Here a a few comments from customer reviews:
"This book teaches brothers how to care for sisters, and vice-versa. It teaches wives how to help their husbands become their best, and how men can bring out every facet of their wives' beauty. It even gives parents perspective in dealing with the loss of a child. This is not pop-psychology."
"Is there any hope left of resurrecting this vision for our families? If, one-by-one, American families began to hold on to this vision for their own families, hope exists! J.R. Miller wrote this book with extraordinary skill, using poetic and metaphorical prose to weave a dream that would have the staying power to mold and influence a family to work toward seeing the dream become a reality."
I am ordering this one today! :)
Do you have any good family-centered materials to share?