The National Center for Biblical Parenting is all about encouraging and equipping parents to raise their children with sound biblical principles. By shaping and training the heart rather than just changing behaviors, this group allows parents to mold their children and point them to the cross.
One of the latest projects for The National Center for Biblical Parenting (NCBP) is the Parent Training Center Initiative. By teaming up with The National Center for Biblical Parenting, churches across the country can commit to becoming Parent Training Centers, coming alongside parents to support them and provide biblical resources for them. Once a church has committed to becoming a Training Center several things will happen.
First, the church must learn and agree with the theology behind the program. Next, they will identify key leaders who will become parent resource people. Those leaders will establish communication with and identify interested parents within their church and community. The NCBP will come alongside the church providing resources, email tips, mentoring, online support, and live seminars. The cost to become a Parent Training Center is $200.00 for the first year and $100.00 each additional year, with many resources included!
One of the resources used by NCBP and Parent Training Centers is the book Parenting is Heart Work and their newest addition, Parenting is Heart Work Training Manual. Just like the other books I have had the privilege of reading and using in our own family, Parenting is Heart Work is changing the way we parent. Written by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, this book helps you see the need for reaching and changing the heart of your child, not just their behavior.
"If behavior modification is the focus...determined children learn to get what they want." p.57
That is where Parenting is Heart Work can help you! In 4 parts and broken into 16 chapters, Dr. Turansky and Mrs. Miller will lay the foundations of their book and then teach you many techniques to help change the way you parent. One of the things I love best about this book are the many examples given of real families who face the same challenges we do. Oh, how nice to know you are not alone in the parenting trenches! Paired with Scripture, stories from the Bible will give you confidence and equip you to become a better parent. It will help you look at not just your child's behavior, but the heart behind those behaviors and allow you to speak truth into their lives. Each of the four sections begins begins with a story from the Bible and each chapter ends with a prayer to help you focus on the work at hand!
Understanding the Heart
Connecting With Your Child's Heart
Working Out Heart Change
Touching Your Child's Heart
I think Dr. Turansky and Mrs. Miller say it perfectly-
"There's much at stake in raising children. When we take a heart approach to parenting, we partner with God in raising a future generation." p.15
I can't think of a better partner, can you?