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Discovery Park :: November 26, 2017

The following are family resources from Emmanuel Baptist Church, Crestview, Florida designed to help adults continue the conversation of faith at home with their children. Each week, you will find new content that reinforces the things your kids have learned at church.

November 26, 2017

No EVENING activities on campus this Sunday night, November 26th

We hope you are able to use this time to enjoy time as a family!


 Bible Story Focus: I am thankful God gives me what I need.

The Lord is my Shepherd • Psalm 23

We learned that God takes care of us like a shepherd takes care of his sheep. Watch the video: http://apple.co/1tR6IVM

Memory Verse: “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.” Psalm 111:1, ESV

Key Question: Who can you thank for everything?

Bottom Line: I can thank God for everything.

Basic Truth: God made me.

 On Wednesday nights through December 13th, come join us in Discovery Park for a lesson with Boz the Bear.


By Carey Nieuwhof

Child-centered parenting maybe isn’t the best approach to parenting. Primarily because it produces self-centered adults. A child who grows up to believe she is the center of the universe will have a far more difficult life than one who grows up to understand she has a place among many in the universe.

My wife and I saw the pitfalls of child-centered parenting early on. When our first son was born, we had to make decisions about how to child-proof our home. Beyond health and safety child proofing, we decided to simply set boundaries by telling him what he could play with (toys) and what he couldn’t touch (our stuff). To our surprise, it worked. One of the very first words he learned was “no.”

That’s actually an important key to breaking the child-centered mindset. Kids need to learn to live in this world with respect for their boundaries and respect for others.

Here are five strategies that can help resist the pull toward self-centered parenting:

Make God the center. You and your children were created to worship something bigger than yourself or each other. When there is a natural refocusing of our wants and needs within the framework of a loving Heavenly Father, our lives realize function so much better.

Stop rescuing. Your child needs to feel the consequences of his actions. When you step in to solve every conflict (with siblings, friends or school), you rob him of the learning that comes from dealing with his own shortcomings and mistakes. You don’t want to let him get harmed, but you should be willing to let him get hurt.

Say no. Our kids are adults now, and I don’t think they’ve ever broken a picture frame or piece of furniture in the house.  A few bones…sure. But that was playing sports….

Set and enforce limits.  Your children need to know there are limits to what they can and should do. Ironically, it’s within limits that we find the ultimate freedom.

Help them serve others. When your child serves others, she realizes that there are greater needs than hers in the world. Serving changes the heart to be less self-centered and more others-centered.

What have you found helpful in stopping the drift toward child-centered parenting in your home?

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