The 3 R's of Parenting

The 3 R's of Parenting

Do you remember the Three Rs of Learning from elementary school – Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic? The three Rs of Parenting are Receive, Raise, Release. We all feel unqualified at times to raise our children, but God’s Word has a lot to say about children and parenting and it is a source of help for us.

Release Your Child to the Lord

July 29, 2018

Have you noticed that every child is unique and as they grow, they change? So the parenting style that seemed effective when they were small, doesn’t work when they’re older. They need different parenting styles. Godly parents recognize their call to be leaders who make disciples. If we want to be effective, we have to match our parenting style to every child’s situation. In the book of 1 Thessalonians, the apostle Paul told them that he had discipled them like a parent according to their situation, sometimes gentle and affectionate like a mother and sometimes strong like a father in order to release them to live up to God’s calling. We can parent our children following God’s Word to match our child’s situation with a goal of releasing them to the Lord. The text gives three parenting styles that we can use in releasing our children to the Lord.


Raise Up Your Child in the Lord

July 22, 2018

What is your parenting approach? Where did you learn how to be a mom or dad? Was it from your parents? From friends or a book? Or are you just winging it? What is your parenting style? It just so happens that the parenting style that sociologists found to be most effective is also similar to the one the Bible teaches. God’s Word teaches the importance of balancing discipline and affection in child-rearing. The apostle Paul told the Ephesians how to raise up their children according to God’s plan. As Christians, we can follow God’s Word in the training of our children and raise them up to maturity according to God’s intent.


Receive Your Child from the Lord

July 15, 2018

Every parent feels under qualified at one point or another. But we have a source of help in God’s Word. In Psalm 127, Solomon wrote about the necessity of recognizing the Lord as the One builds families and watches over them, so that we receive our children and how to parent them from the Lord.