44 min

Faith in Parents #65 | Parenting Through The Stages: 5-7's Faith in Kids

    • Christianity

Listen in to Ed in conversation with  Amy, Jodie & Adam, talking about how to raise 5 to 7-year-old children, hoping for them to know Christ eternally.

5-7s are getting better at expressing themselves, knowing their own mind, and having a thirst for life. One of the potential challenges is adjusting to school life - especially when they may be either "ahead" or "behind" others in class. 

Amy says - "It's really helpful for me to say to myself that God made this little person exactly how he wants them to be, and he loves them; I don't need to try and change them. The key thing that we always pray for our kids is that we want them to know that they are loved by us and by God, and however they get on at school doesn't really impact that; it doesn't make a difference whether they are struggling in maths or don't know their times tables - they are still loved by God regardless of how their results are at school."

With discipline, we need to be really consistent, because fairness is huge for 5s - 7s. You need to work out what is childish vs what is disobedient. With this age group, you can explain what is wrong with bad behaviour - you can even hint at the God-reason e.g. "We don't hurt other people because God loves them"; "We don't lie because God never lies"


If this podcast encourages you as you disciple your kids, please do send this episode to a parent you think would appreciate it - maybe drop it into a WhatsApp group for your church's mums/dads/carers group, with something you found encouraging from the episode.

Links of Fun:

Family Devotionals book plug - Indescribable by Louie Giglio
https://www.10ofthose.com/uk/products?q=indescribable

Purchase our Newest Book:

The new book Meals with Jesus from Faith in Kids in partnership with The Good Book Company can be ordered here (https://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/meals-with-jesus).

If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch with us at podcast@faithinkids.org. We won't read out your emails on the podcast if you don't want us to, but we'd love to hear your stories and feedback.  We would love to speak to some families or share your stories on social media, be brave and get in touch!

Genuinely, we love hearing from folks, and helps us feel less like we are speaking into the void - do send us a friendly hello on email or socials, it might just make our day!

Podcast edited by Rachel Redeemed (https://twitter.com/rachelredeemed)

These podcasts are only possible because of the faithful generosity of our supporters and listeners. Faith in Kids exists because people like you give generously. If you've enjoyed listening, you share our passion for the Gospel to be shared with children and for them to be raised in faith. Will you support us financially? For the cost of a cup of coffee per month, you could enable Faith in Kids to reach more parents, churches, and ultimately, children for Christ. Click here.   (http://Faithinkids.org and select 'donate' or https://www.stewardship.org.uk/partners/20240919)
Support the show (http://www.faithinkids.org)
Support the show (http://www.faithinkids.org)

Listen in to Ed in conversation with  Amy, Jodie & Adam, talking about how to raise 5 to 7-year-old children, hoping for them to know Christ eternally.

5-7s are getting better at expressing themselves, knowing their own mind, and having a thirst for life. One of the potential challenges is adjusting to school life - especially when they may be either "ahead" or "behind" others in class. 

Amy says - "It's really helpful for me to say to myself that God made this little person exactly how he wants them to be, and he loves them; I don't need to try and change them. The key thing that we always pray for our kids is that we want them to know that they are loved by us and by God, and however they get on at school doesn't really impact that; it doesn't make a difference whether they are struggling in maths or don't know their times tables - they are still loved by God regardless of how their results are at school."

With discipline, we need to be really consistent, because fairness is huge for 5s - 7s. You need to work out what is childish vs what is disobedient. With this age group, you can explain what is wrong with bad behaviour - you can even hint at the God-reason e.g. "We don't hurt other people because God loves them"; "We don't lie because God never lies"


If this podcast encourages you as you disciple your kids, please do send this episode to a parent you think would appreciate it - maybe drop it into a WhatsApp group for your church's mums/dads/carers group, with something you found encouraging from the episode.

Links of Fun:

Family Devotionals book plug - Indescribable by Louie Giglio
https://www.10ofthose.com/uk/products?q=indescribable

Purchase our Newest Book:

The new book Meals with Jesus from Faith in Kids in partnership with The Good Book Company can be ordered here (https://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/meals-with-jesus).

If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch with us at podcast@faithinkids.org. We won't read out your emails on the podcast if you don't want us to, but we'd love to hear your stories and feedback.  We would love to speak to some families or share your stories on social media, be brave and get in touch!

Genuinely, we love hearing from folks, and helps us feel less like we are speaking into the void - do send us a friendly hello on email or socials, it might just make our day!

Podcast edited by Rachel Redeemed (https://twitter.com/rachelredeemed)

These podcasts are only possible because of the faithful generosity of our supporters and listeners. Faith in Kids exists because people like you give generously. If you've enjoyed listening, you share our passion for the Gospel to be shared with children and for them to be raised in faith. Will you support us financially? For the cost of a cup of coffee per month, you could enable Faith in Kids to reach more parents, churches, and ultimately, children for Christ. Click here.   (http://Faithinkids.org and select 'donate' or https://www.stewardship.org.uk/partners/20240919)
Support the show (http://www.faithinkids.org)
Support the show (http://www.faithinkids.org)

44 min