You read the title right. My wife and I do actually have 10 kids! As parents overseeing a large family, we’ve spent many years seeking out parenting tips and tricks from the best of the best and in all honesty, our favorite go-to resource for parenting advice is our friend Israel Wayne. He is also a father to 10 and he shares some of the best, hard-earned advice I’ve heard from him to date in this interview. Whether you have a large or small family, you’ll find many strategies and takeaways from this discussion and in Israel’s latest book Raising Them Up: Parenting for Christians.
About the Book: Most parents want a book that will “fix their child” in three easy steps, in 30 days or less. While understandable, this expectation will never work. The problem lies far more with us, the parents than it does with our child. If we don’t understand that truth, we will only remain frustrated and disappointed with our child. The far greater need is to fundamentally change our own hearts and minds as parents. As a principle, that simply MUST happen before any change will come for our youth.
Christian parents may know a lot of Bible verses, yet don’t have a Biblical theology of parenting. Here’s the big picture: parenting is discipleship.
Your child is learning from you. You are the teacher. Far more is caught than taught in parenting. Children listen to what you say, but they watch how you live. When you are slack in dealing with character issues in your own life, it short circuits your ability to effectively reach your child’s heart. In Raising Them Up, you will discover:
- A heart check for parents
- The world of “techno-parenting”
- How to teach purity
- Helping the difficult child
- Parenting by grace
- Home-based apologetics and more!
It’s not about gimmicks…it’s about God – His inspired, inerrant, infallible, timeless truths.
There are lots of other books out there that will teach you how to count to three, hold your breath, snap your wrist with a rubber band, and hand out stickers as a way to change your rebellious child. With enough tips, tricks, and methods, perhaps you can learn the perfect approach to timeouts or some magic cure that will solve bickering, sibling rivalry, laziness, back-talking, media addiction, lying, stealing, bad attitudes, apathy, angry outbursts, rebellion, inattention, or any other number of “fruits” that annoy, inconvenience, and embarrass us.
But if you care enough to risk having to make changes in your own way of thinking and living, then let’s walk together on this path of learning to powerfully and prayerfully parent our children after the ways of God.
About the Author: Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. Israel, and his wife Brook, are homeschooling their ten children in SW Michigan. Since 1995, Israel has traveled the nation speaking on family, homeschooling, revival, discipleship, and cultural issues. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs. Israel has been featured in national and international publications including TIME Magazine, The Arizona Republic, WORLD Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. Israel has been featured as the keynote speaker at numerous conferences, some with over 5,000 in attendance.
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