Thursday Jun 20, 2024

50 Things: Cultivating Intentional Parenting - Dr. Josh Mulvihill, Part 3 (Best of 2022)

"Don't kick yourself over what wasn't done or what you would have liked to maybe do differently, just become intentional with the time that is left and pick the areas that matter the most." ~ Dr. Josh Mulvihill

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While parenting is a joy-filled blessing, it can also be hard. How do we take our kids from childhood to adulthood in 18 short years and then send them off with the confidence that we have taught them well and done our very best to prepare them for a life of serving Christ? Yvette Hampton talks with Dr. Josh Mulvihill, author of the new book every parent should read, 50 Things Every Child Needs to Know Before Leaving Home: Raising Children to Godly Adults. This is a conversation you won’t want to miss!

Josh Mulvihill is the Executive Director of Church and Family Ministry at Renewanation. He served as a pastor for 18 years, has a PhD in Family Ministry, serves on the board of AWANA, and is the author or editor of ten books on parenting and grandparenting including Biblical GrandparentingPreparing Children for MarriageBiblical Worldview, and his latest 50 Things Every Child Needs to Know Before Leaving Home. He is married to Jen. They homeschool their five children and live in Victoria, MN. Josh blogs at, enjoys camping, fishing, reading a great book, and a DIY project on their hobby farm.

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Podcast Note-Taking Guide

50 Things Every Child Needs to Know Before Leaving Home: Raising Children to Godly Adultsby Josh Mulvihill

Check out Josh’s other great books here!

What does the Bible Say about that?, by Kevin Swanson

Great Hymns of the Faith


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Discussion Questions:

1. **Addressing Parent Anxiety**: Josh mentioned not to "kick yourself" if you haven't started this kind of intentional parenting early on. How does this advice resonate with you, and what steps might you take to start now?

2. **Character Development**: Josh talks about Christ-like character development. What are some key virtues you prioritize in your children, and how do you work to instill them daily?

3. **Influence of Homeschooling**: Yvette spoke about the relationship benefits of homeschooling. Do you agree with her perspective? What do you think are key strategies for building strong familial relationships?

4. **Spiritual Habit Formation**: Josh mentions using specific resources like Kevin Swanson's book, What does the Bible Say about that?, for developing a biblical worldview. What resources or strategies do you use to nurture spiritual growth in your children?

5. **Life Skills**: Josh talks about teaching children practical life skills like driving and car maintenance. What are some essential life skills you believe every child should learn before leaving home, and how do you plan to teach them?

6. **Relational Skills**: How do you approach teaching your children relational skills, such as networking, maintaining friendships, and managing conflicts? Do you have specific methods or resources you find effective?

7. **Work and Money Management**: The podcast touches on the importance of work and money management. How do you educate your children about financial literacy and the value of work?

8. **DIY Parenting Retreats**: The idea of a do-it-yourself parenting retreat is introduced towards the end of the discussion. Have you ever done something similar, and if so, what were your key takeaways? If not, do you think it could be beneficial, and why?

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