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April 7th, 2011

by Bobby Gruenewald

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A Weird Approach to Parenting

With two young kids and one on the way, I’m especially interested in what Craig has to say about parenting in his new book Weird. With six kids, he has three times the experience I do :) I found the following excerpt a very practical way we can bring God into our everyday lives as we parent:

The best thing you can do for your kids is to show them God working in you on a daily basis. I love the practical teaching of Deuteronomy 6:6 – 9: “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

You can do all these things God’s Word encourages us to do. They can become a part of how you do life — in fact, they are only really effective if they’re a consistent part of everyday life. Kids are quick to pick up on our real feelings and motives, so the only way to be a truly weird, life-changing parent is to express your faith organically.

Talk about God with your kids in the morning on the way to school, let them know when you pray for them during their day, and share a meaningful truth from Scripture on the way home from dance. Put a favorite Bible verse on the wall alongside Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber. Let them know the hardest part of your day, as appropriate for their age, and how you connect it back to your trust in God. Make spiritual conversations a part of how you do life.

Transparency is something I strive for, so I like the idea of leveraging that in parenting our kids.

Weird has lots of practical ideas like the above. You can get it in print or download it from:


Barnes & Noble


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  1. 1BlessedPanda
    Apr 7, 2011 at 7:06 am

    I am a new father, my son is 3.5 weeks old and this is a great reminder to take advantage of the opportunities I have to pour in to him as he gets older. I know the context of the scripture speaks of children, but the principle extends so far beyond that. I am a youth pastor and I want to take advantage of every opportunity whether that is sending a text with an encouraging word or a scripture that stood out to me, or discussing the Bible as we are riding back from the mall :) . Let me take it one step further and say that this is a great reminder for my relationship with my wife. Why not leave her little post its on the mirror, or a note on the bedside table encouraging her as a woman/ wife in Christ. Thanks for keeping this before me!

  2. Apr 7, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Thank you Bobby for this insight.

    My wife and I have a soon to be 1 year old, with plans for more. I love being able to hear from those that have been there, and learn from them.

  3. Apr 7, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Downloading Weird. Thanks for sharing the great practical advice!

  4. Apr 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    BlessedPanda, Congrats on the birth of your son!

  5. 5Joseph Headrick
    Apr 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I just wanted to say how much i enjoy the messages at Lifechurch. I am part of the network church Derby Friends Church in Derby Kansas. I feel better listening to Pastor Craig and now Bobby. My church life has grown so much over the past two years and i have decided i want to not only live my life for Christ but i want to do it by becoming a Youth Pastor. I wanted to let you guys know that you all have have been instrumental in my decision. I was raised with a no laughing in church, church is not supposed to be funny atmosphere and watching you Craig has been a great change for me spiritually. I would ask if you you pray for me as i just lost my job 2 days ago and i am looking for God’s path to make what he laid on my heart a reality. Thank you guys for being there and for the way God speaks through you! Have a blessed day

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  7. Jun 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    This is all excellent advice. Another thing that I do with my daughter is set aside a certain time every night that her and I will read the bible together and pray together. Great article.

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