For the Christian, parenting is discipleship. Your job as a mom or dad or aunt or grandfather or teacher or friend or babysitter is to help point little children to Jesus.
It's a wondrous responsibility, but we often have no clue how to do that. Right now we live in a golden age of accessibility to resources. With that comes great opportunity and great temptation.
Before I list micro-reviews of some of my favorite resources for young children, here are some thoughts:
-If something insults my intelligence or bores me to tears, my kids don’t need to be watching or reading it, because it’s probably not stimulating their minds either.
-For every family, media rules look different, but Peter and I have decided that ideally our kids don’t get more than 20-30 minutes of screen time a day (TV or iPad) and if I can go without either for a day, that’s even better. Of course some days I turn a blind eye when Netflix starts a 2nd (or 3rd) episode, or occasionally we’ll watch a movie in one sitting, but I don’t think anyone can really contest that kids are better off with minimal amounts of time in front of a screen. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 2 do not consume any television.
-I love getting children's resources from Christian Book Distributors. They consistently have the lowest prices. I also shop at Westminster Books and Amazon, of course. I also get some really great free books in exchange for reviews from Cross Focused Reviews.
-If you would like me to add you to an email list where I send you updates on recommended resources or really good deals, contact me and tell me what you're looking for :)
I’d like to welcome you to join me as I navigate all this. Below I’ve listed and left micro-reviews of some of the best resources I’ve found for very young kids.
Final note: Not enough people read this blog for me to be making any money for my endorsements ha! These are just recommendations from my heart. At the end I listed my top 5 favorites.
5) The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross
4) Slugs and Bugs
3) The Big Picture Story Bible
2) Seeds Family Worship
1) Your Bible.
The best resource for your children is your very own discipleship. Tell them what you're learning from your time in the Word. Tell them (with wise restraint) what you're struggling with and how the Lord is helping you. Lead them in worship of Jesus all throughout the day as you see pretty birds or eat yummy cookies or meet with a woman who just lost her husband but is still rejoicing in our God. No one can disciple your child like you can. :)
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My name is Hope.
I'm 25, married to a rad guy, and raising three little people ages 1,3, and 5...and I'm now expecting my fourth. I like lime green, Coke icees, and I wear my Crocs until they have holes in them...or melt.
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