"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6


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On Christian Child Discipline

  • Spanking and Biblical Discipline - Do We Obey God or Man
    Spanking and Biblical Discipline – Do We Obey God or Man
    Spanking – Do We Obey God or Man By Charles Gleason From time to time I see postings from people who believe spanking is an effective form of discipline, but fear the legal consequences of using corporal based punishment in their home. I would like to share […]...
  • Q&A  Step Mother Asks: Do I Spank Teenage Stepdaughter?
    Q&A Step Mother Asks: Do I Spank Teenage Stepdaughter?
    Should Step Mother Spank Stepdaughter? By Mark Benedict Q: Dear Christian Parents Net I have recently married a man who I love dearly.  My own daughter Mary is 10, and my husband’s daughter Rachel, is 16. I am a firm believer of corporal punishment and use spanking as […]...
  • Parents prepare our future world by the way we discipline our children
    Disciplining Children
    Disciplining Children Transcript from The World, the Word & You! Broadcast Commentary by Pastor Dennis L. Finnan This article originally posted at http://www.wwy.org/ Perhaps there is no greater and more important subject to consider than our world’s future. For any such thoughts must of necessity take us […]...
  • Some parents think that spanking is an old fashioned practice that isn't needed anymore. Not So according to the Bible!
    Why, and When to Spank a Child – How to Spank Effectively
    Why, When, and How to Spank a Child By Mark Benedict Question: Dear Christian Parents Editor,  I have a question in regards to spanking. I have 2 sons, ages 6 and 8.  Recently we decided to employ spanking as a disciplinary tool. When I spank them, sometimes […]...
  • Loving parents use the Rod of Correction to Keep their children on the Way of Righteousness
    Spanking – Why the Rod is Righteous
    Why the Rod is Righteous by Robert Deffinbaugh, Community Bible Chapel ,  Richardson, Texas Lesson 16: Wisdom and Child-Rearing, Part III,  See the original article at this link at the Bible.org as well as additional articles by the author.  Visit the Community Bible Chapel website for online audio sermons by […]...

On Marriage

  • Marriage and Christian Worldview
    Marriage and Christian Worldview
    Christian Worldview, Marriage, and Your Family By Mark Benedict Successful parenting begins with a Biblically accurate Christian worldview and our trust in the complete sufficiency of the Word of God. The Bible provides both the philosophical framework and the needed...
  • More on Parental Success, a Note from the Editors
    More on Parental Success, a Note from the Editors
    Parental Success: The objective of Godly Parenting is Bringing Children under God’s Authority  By Mark Benedict “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  6  And these...
  • Psychologist John Rosemond
    John Rosemond and Working Mothers
    Parenting by John Rosemond What Kids Should Expect From a Working Mother Note From the Editor of Christian Parent’s Network:  John Rosemond is a Psychologist by training and family counselor by practice.  However, he does not accept psychological theory as...

When Parents Fail

  • Parental Failure - The Story of Eli and his Sons
    Parental Failure – The Story of Eli and his Sons
    When Parents Fail: The Bible Story of Samuel and the Evil Sons of Eli the Priest One of the Bible’s most prominent examples of neglectful parenting is illustrated in First Samuel Chapter 2-3.  This account is unique in its application...
  • A narcissistic child will grow up to be a narcissist adult. You'll regret it later. So will the rest of the people who will suffer the tantrums and demands from your self-absorbed child.
    Narcissistic Children Aren’t Born – They’re Made By Misguided Parents
    Narcissistic Children Aren’t Born – They’re Made by Misguided Parents From the Editor: The article by Ruben Navarrette below on narcissistic children is titled by the author “Narcissists aren’t born; they’re made.” The original article is from CNN’s website and can be...
  • Hard Core Youth Offenders Plague British Citizens
    Hard Core Youth Offenders Plague British Citizens
    Hard Core Youth Offenders: Unstoppable child criminals. From the UK DailyMail.co.uk. Top 150 young offenders have been arrested an astonishing 6,500 times between them for crimes including rape, burglary and assault Ten most prolific offenders have been snared 1,000 times...
  • Monster Children? Fourth Graders at NY School Plotted to Kill Teacher With Hand Sanitizer
    Monster Children? Fourth Graders at NY School Plotted to Kill Teacher With Hand Sanitizer
    Monster Children? Fourth Graders at NY School Plotted to Kill Teacher With Hand Sanitizer From the Reuters News Service, original article can be found online at this link. Three fourth graders in a New York elementary school plotted to kill their teacher...

Other Articles for Parents

  • The Law of Sowing and Reaping - Cause and Effect in Christian Parenting
    The Law of Sowing and Reaping – Cause and Effect in Christian Parenting
    The Law of Sowing and Reaping – Cause and Effect in Christian Parenting By Mark Benedict Today our society’s leaders and judges have rejected our Christian heritage and substituted the principles of humanism in its place. It is not surprising then, that we are...
  • The Benedictine Rules, Christian Parenting, and Fatherhood
    The Benedictine Rules, Christian Parenting, and Fatherhood
    The Christian Father and the Rule of Saint Benedict From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Rule of Saint Benedict (Regula Benedicti) is a book of precepts written by St. Benedict of Nursia (c.480–547) for monks living communally under the authority...
  • Christianity, Modern Liberalism, Conservatism and Your Family
    Christianity, Modern Liberalism, Conservatism and Your Family
    Why what you Believe is Bound to Impact Your Marriage and Your Family Christianity and modern liberalism are deeply in conflict. Defining modern liberalism is challenging since language is closely tied to history for meaning. History in modern education is often minimized and compressed in favor...
  • Spanking Research
    Spanking Receives a Bum Rap in Spanking Research due to Faulty Methods
    The article was originally published online in 1998.  It contains many relevant points of interest to parents wishing to examine the question as to whether or not spanking is appropriate.  Mr. Chigbo squarely hits the nail on the head in...

What We Believe is Important

Welcome to Parenting From the Heart...

In Christian parenting, our goal is to bring our children into a living relationship with our Creator God by preparing them to respond early in life to God's personal call to salvation. One of our most important tasks is helping to build our child's foundation and understanding of God's love and grace. A wise master-builder begins with a detailed plan to guide and order their building activities. A builder's plan, or blueprint, is used to visualize the completed end result before the building starts to make sure that all the individual project elements come together perfectly during construction to provide the desired functionality and finish. We believe the Bible is the master blueprint for Christian parents.

Strong Foundations are the Key to Future Success

For a building, the foundation comes first and everything else depends on the strength of the foundation to support it. Starting with a firm foundation is essential as it is very difficult and costly to compensate for weak foundations once the structure is built. Weak foundations only become apparent under load, when the house settles and things meant to be soundly connected pull apart. There is a limited time window during construction when the foundations are laid, and that is the time to dig down to remove the loose soil and gravel. Jesus told His disciples that listening to His teaching and keeping His commands was like a wise man who dug deep to build his house on the secure foundation of rock:

Even the best house, built on a sand foundation, will fall before the flood.

Even the best house, built on a sand foundation, will fall before a rising flood of water. Build yours on solid Rock!

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-29

It is essential to develop your own knowledge and understanding of Biblical teachings on disciplining children so you can take full advantage of that important window of time when your children are still young, impressionable, and easily teachable. Your parental instruction at the outset of their lives helps form your child's understanding of God and His creation. More than anything else, your interaction as parents with your young child will help to shape how they respond to God's authority later as adults. Strong childhood spiritual foundations lead to a healthy walk with God in the teen-age years and beyond. Our early efforts have an enduring result, and the effort we expend on the foundation will pay off, just as any shortcuts we take will likewise cause structural problems later.

Parents want their children to be happy and successful as adults, but often undermine their prospects for success by permissive and undisciplined parenting during early childhood. Undiscerning parents are often led astray by the many popular, but anti-Biblical teachings on parenting infused across almost every aspect of modern culture. Make no mistake about it, if you welcome erroneous ideas from popular culture into your home, you will weaken the long-term spiritual health of your family! The Bible-based information you'll find here is designed to help you implement a clear and winning strategy for training your children to walk in the way of truth. Training children in accordance with Biblical truth can result in a unique family experience where love and harmony is the norm, rather than the exception. In short, our method is to define success by the standards and teachings found in the Bible. Rather than critique the Bible by modern ideas we prefer to examine modern ideas by the Bible. If there is a difference of opinion we are going to stick with what the Bible teaches. God has undertaken to reveal to man what we need to know about him through the words of the Bible.

We have great confidence and trust in the unchanging truth found in the Bible and seek to encourage your own confidence in the Word of God. To this end we encourage you to carefully research the teachings of Scripture. As you read our materials, test and prove every idea and thought to see if it conforms with the Bible. We believe Christians need to participate with a sound Bible-teaching local church. We encourage you to meet regularly with other faithful believers for fellowship and Bible study.

What We Believe About Parental Success


Advice on solving family problems is easy to give, but not easy to implement! Successfully working through family problems requires many small steps of obedience to God's Word. It often takes an extended period of time and a measure of patience before the results begin to show. We don't promise instant results from Bible truth, but we can assure you of eventual results! We are fully convinced the key to solving the most complex family problems is to faithfully follow God's instructions. We believe God instructs individuals by engaging their understanding of His truth through reading and meditating on the Bible.

We recommend each person start every day by reading God's Word, the Bible! No matter how deep in trouble you find yourself, if you'll read your Bible attentively for a few minutes each day God will meet you where you are. Reading the Word of God will give you insight and understanding of your current circumstances and help you to take the next step of faith in walking with God. Let God demonstrate how insights from His Word can provide practical answers about families, children, and your life in particular. You are never far from finding lasting solutions to your problems if you ask God to give you wisdom! God can help you in your current situation, even if you're desperate and don't know what to do.

We encourage you to seek practical Biblical advice from someone who lives in a way that clearly demonstrates trust and confidence in God's Word. Truth will help you succeed as a husband, wife, mother, father, and parent. Christians who trust God will open the spiritual door that allows Him to speak. His truth can easily be found by reading and studying the Bible when we come before Him in sincere prayer with humility .


All Families Have Their Problems

When we were younger, it would have been a great encouragement to have an older, wiser, and experienced Christian couple, tell us: "You know, in the past, we used to have a lot of problems. We fought and argued when we were first married, but we were persistent; God worked things out for us and now we're very happy!" It would have been such an encouragement for us when we first married to realize a certain amount of strife in the start of a marriage was normal, and to be expected.

Couples can trust God to work everything out in time. You and your spouse may think that you are the only ones in church with family problems. It's very common for Christians to hide their failures and share only their successes! At first, Sallie and I were surprised how frequently we experienced conflict in our marriage. We thought we were the only ones who argued together and disagreed at home. We did not know then that many Christian couples hide their unhappy marriages beneath happy "go to church faces."

If you've been spared the conflict we've experienced and would just like to make your "good" marriage even better, we rejoice with you! We hope you’ll find resources at our web site to keep your marriage growing stronger each day. Marriage is designed to transform and strengthen both husband and wife. One of the main reasons for marriage is to pass the torch of faith from one generation to the next. A vibrant, strong, and spiritually growing marriage relationship is essential to lead your children to a living faith. Despite our rocky beginning, God blessed our home. We are quite happy today. While we never considered ours a "model home," more than once our friends and acquaintances offered to swap their children for ours. We're sure most of them were joking, but a few times our friends sounded like they were serious about trading! Ruth and Tim weren’t perfect, but we were blessed to skip the experience of rebellious and unmanageable children. For us, thanks to the Gospel, parenting has been a sweet experience with few regrets!

The Editors

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Trending in the News

  • A narcissistic child will grow up to be a narcissist adult. You'll regret it later. So will the rest of the people who will suffer the tantrums and demands from your self-absorbed child.
    Narcissistic Children Aren't Born - They're Made By Misguided Parents
    March 15, 2015
    New and Trending, Parenting Gone Badly
    Narcissistic Children Aren't Born - They're Made by Misguided Parents From the Editor: The article by Ruben Navarrette below on narcissistic children is titled by the author "Narcissists aren't born; they're made." The original article is from CNN's website and can be seen online here.  The article is exceptionally well written, with...
  • Children's book used as homosexual propaganda in 2nd grade classroom
    Teacher Loses Job after Reading Pro Homosexual "King and King" Story to 3rd Grade Class
    June 17, 2015
    New and Trending, On Parenting
    NC teacher resigns amid outcry over reading 3rd-graders story of homosexual princes who marry each other Christian Parent's Network Editor's comments:  When did it become the job of teachers to normalize homosexuality in the classroom? Militant homosexuals have become emboldened to press their viewpoint on others, and it is increasingly...

More Christian Parent Articles

  • God will be ruthless in judgment of sinners and Christians need to appreciate His holiness
    The Ruthlessness of God
    Written by Lambert Dolphin, topic suggested in 1984 by Ray C. Stedman.  Email the author at lambert@ldolphin.org.   Visit Lambert Dolphin’s Online Library where you will find an amazing collection of Biblical essays and articles on a wide variety of topics.  Editor’s comments: Lambert Dolhin’s library is a tremendous resource for […]...
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    Harry Potter and Christians – What Part Does Light Have with Darkness Editor’s Introduction: I clipped this article from the web in 1996.  It is every bit as relevant today as it was then.  Parents should not encourage their children to dabble in occultic practice by exposing […]...
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