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Parenting Advice from Tim Smith, “The Parent Coach”

I recently connected with my friend Tim Smith for a chat about simple parenting strategies that you might find helpful around the Christmas season. This five-minute conversation offers some wonderful insights that can help you get the most out of “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” Enjoy.

This Just In… Family Devotions are Not the Answer.

Maybe we’ve been telling people the wrong answer to success at home all along.  Wouldn’t it be just like Americans to over-categorize our answer to the most pressing problem in our culture?

Deuteronomy 6 is an oft-quoted verse by many pro-family speakers – including myself.  However, I must admit that we all might have taken some of these words a bit off the path of their original destination.

Verses six through nine of this dynamic chapter challenge the families of Israel as to how the wonderful book of the law should be used: “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”(NKJV)  In other words, the Word of God should be taught at all times!

Now, here’s where most of us take a bit of a wrong turn.  I can almost hear myself tell a group of families, “Now, don’t you see?  God is making it clear that we should have a specific time of family devotions every day in our homes!  If it’s that important, shouldn’t we set aside a time every day to spend as a family in the Word?”  While the PROMISE of that statement will always be very positive for any family, the PREMISE of it is not the content of those key verses of Scripture.

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The spiritual barriers people face are countless, but they can be categorized into Eight Primary Walls. These walls correlate with the 8 primary breakthroughs that everyone needs.
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I feel compelled to make the world around me better.
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I try to avoid temptations that would bring me harm.
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I believe truth is the same for everyone.
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When bad things happen, I feel like I am getting what I deserve.
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I have witnessed things that make me wonder if God is in control.
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I believe in an all-powerful, all-knowing God.
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I am amazed at God's power.
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I question why God allowed certain things to happen in my life.
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I believe God wants what is best for me.
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I have to guard against judging people when I learn they are dealing with tough circumstances.
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I look forward to good things in my future.
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People would describe me as a giving person.
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I worry that God is angry with me.
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I find myself more focused on the things I don't have but wish I did.
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I am grateful for the things I have been given.
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I think God cares about the details of my life.
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When looking back on my life, I tend to focus on all of the things I did wrong.
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I observe things that make me wonder if I should believe the Bible.
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It humbles me to think I can know God.
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I tend to expect the worst to happen.
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I believe God is willing and able to answer my prayers.
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I don't believe anyone can ever know what is absolutely true.
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I have been wronged in the past in a way I cannot get over.
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People who have hurt me in the past cause me to avoid some relationships today.
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I feel there is a disconnect between who I really am and how I act in front of other people.
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I think that God will meet all my needs.
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I feel with God's help, I can face any situation.
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It troubles me that God has not answered my prayers.
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I believe God loves me in spite of who I am.
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I am willing to sacrifice immediate gratification for something better down the road.
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I worry about the problems that the future holds.
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I am willing to serve others for nothing in return.
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When I am facing a difficult situation, I feel like I can solve problems on my own.
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I feel I can turn to God for direction.
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I know a lot of people, but don't feel very close to many people.
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My faith practices are more about routine than relationship.
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I find myself drawn to things I know are bad for me.
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I feel strong relationships are hard, but worth it.
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I believe the Bible has answers for today's circumstances.
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The possibility of gaining a good friend is worth the risk.
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I have too many of my own problems to deal with the problems of others.
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When bad things happen, I wonder if God can make things better.
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I have a hard time trusting people.
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I spend too much of my energy pursuing material things.
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I am intentionally seeking to grow in my relationships with others.
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I am confident God has forgiven me for my past.
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I am so busy that I find myself ignoring the most important things in my life.
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I believe God is loving and kind.
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