Parents have nine months to prepare for their new baby. From birthing and breastfeeding classes to researching the perfect brand of diapers and the safest crib, much time is put into making sure parents will meet the physical needs of their children. But what about the spiritual needs? The first five years of life are fundamental to development. Could parents be missing out on a key time when they could not only teach about shapes and colors but also share the heart and nature of God?
Graham Blanchard is the only Christian publishing house that specializes in board books to help parents teach their kids about God from infancy. Now, to continue that mission it has produced its first book for parents, Spiritual Parenting in the First Give Years: God’s Plan for Early Childhood Christian Discipleship, (May 15, 2015), written by Graham Blanchard company founder Callie Grant, with the involvement of pastors, Christian educators, and parents.
In Spiritual Parenting in the First Five Years, Grant lays out five Bible-based principles for the care and feeding of a new child’s inner life. Drawing from Scripture and the inspiration of great Christian teachers, Grant shows how new and expecting parents can maximize this vital development window—an opportune time to teach children about who God is and who they are in him.
My Quick Thoughts:
Y'all probably know by now that we greatly enjoy the Graham Blanchard books around here. They have a new parenting book that as of right now, you can grab a PDF copy of the book for free at their website. If you'd rather have the kindle version, it's 4.99 at Amazon.
It's a super quick read at only 36 pages, but it might give you a little boost of encouragement as far as making sure you teach your little ones. It will also encourage you to listen to your little ones, and be prepared to answer their questions in a heartfelt way, as opposed to memorized answers. Children are smart, and know when something is from the heart!
So, if you've got little ones, grab yourself a copy while it's free! ;)