Posts Tagged "Tedd Tripp"

Ch. 16 – Childhood: Training Objectives – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis)

Shepherding A Child's HeartIn this installment of our synopsis of Tedd Tripp’s book “Shepherding A Child’s Heart,” we will look at Chapter 16 – Childhood: Training Objectives.”

Tripp defines childhood as the middle period of a child’s life from ages five to twelve.  During this period of their life, a child is developing more of a sense of independence regarding their choices and their personality.  With the beginning of school and other activities, the children find themselves spending more and more time away from the direct supervision of their parents.  They are confronted with situations their parents do not witness or control.

For this section of the book, Tripp assumes that you have, as a parent, already taught your child the lessons of stage one.  Your child sees himself as a creature made by God who lives for God and understands what it means to submit to authority.  That said, the big issue for this second stage of a child’s development during the Childhood years is character.  Tripp offers the following partial list of charater traits we would like to see our kids develop:

  • Dependability
  • Honesty
  • Kindness
  • Consideration
  • Helpfulness
  • Diligence
  • Loyalty
  • Humility
  • Self-Control
  • Moral Purity
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Ch. 15 – Infancy to Childhood: Training Procedures – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis)

Shepherding A Child's HeartIn this installment of our synopsis of Tedd Tripp’s book “Shepherding A Child’s Heart,” we will look at Chapter 15 – Infancy to Childhood: Training Procedures.”  In the early years, discipline is weighted towards the rod because young children generally do not give much weight to conversation.  In this chapter, Mr. Tripp examines the details of spanking including several question raised about spanking.

The “When” of Spanking

Tripp summarizes, “When you have given a direction that has been heard and is within his capacity to understand, and he has not obeyed without challenge, without excuse or without delay, he needs a spanking.  If you fail to spank, you fail to take God’s Word seriously.”

As parents, we must be consistent.  We cannot ignore disobedience.  Failure to be consistent results from parents taking the easy way out.  It is far more difficult to consistently make decisions based on sound biblical guidance and what is best for our kids.  Tripp also explains that we must not warn and we must not ask kids if they want to be spanked.  If we do, we train them to wait for the warning before obeying.

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Ch. 14 – Infancy to Childhood: Training Objectives – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis)

Shepherding A Child's HeartIn this installment of our synopsis of Tedd Tripp’s book “Shepherding A Child’s Heart,” we will look at Chapter 14 – Infancy to Childhood: Training Objectives.”

Tripp defines infancy to childhood as that period from birth through age four or five.  During this period, the child is going through astounding changes including:

  • Physical change
  • Social change
  • Intellectual change
  • Spiritual change

At this stage, there needs to be one principle objective to training.  That objective is to instill the following: “HE IS AN INDIVIDUAL UNDER AUTHORITY.  He has been made by God and has a responsibility to obey God in all things.”  Submitting to parents is the result of being under God’s authority.  In other words, submitting to authority is what God has called children to do.  This training must start when they are infants – Tripp suggests the second you bring them home from the hospital.

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Ch. 13 – Shepherding the Heart Summarized – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis)

Shepherding A Child's HeartIn this installment of our synopsis of Tedd Tripp’s book “Shepherding A Child’s Heart,” we will look at Chapter 13 – Shepherding the Heart Summarized.”  This chapter is a short summary of the first 12 chapters, and it makes sense in our synopsis to do the same thing.

The foundations of raising kids covered so far are as follows:

  1. Our kids are the product of two things – their shaping influences and their Godward orientation.
  2. Behavior comes from the heart.
  3. Parents have authority because they act as agents of God.
  4. “Since the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever, you must set such a worldview before your children.”
  5. Biblical methods are as important as biblical goals.
  6. God has two methods for raising kids – communication and the rod.
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Update…Children Desiring God 2009 National Conference

Several weeks ago, I posted a summary of the 2009 Children Desiring God 2009 National Conference: Oh Glorious God based on blog posts from people who attended the event.  That post can be found here!

Children Desiring God has now posted the audio from plenary speakers at that event on their website here. You can listen to or download the following sessions:

These are definately worth listening to!  The Children Desiring God website currently says that the audio from the break out sessions will be posted soon.  Once those are available, I will let you know.

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