Tuesday Jun 18, 2024

50 Things Every Child Needs to Know Before Leaving Home - Dr. Josh Mulvihill, Part 1 (Best of 2022)

"Move from Christian parenting to intentional Christian parenting. That intentionality is what makes all the difference." ~ Dr. Josh Mulvihill

Watch this full interview on our YouTube Channel.

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 GospelShapedFamily.com, enjoys camping, fishing, reading a great book, and a DIY project on their hobby farm.

Come back tomorrow and Thursday for the rest of this "best of" conversation with Dr. Josh Mulvihill.

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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

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Discussion Questions:

1. What does Yvette Hampton mean when she says, "This is not our home," in the context of discussing the hope in Christ?

2. How does Josh Mulvihill describe his family’s homeschooling experience, and what benefits does he highlight?

3. Josh speaks about parents having priorities that don't always align with their practices. Can you think of examples in your life where your daily practices might not align with your stated priorities?

4. What does Josh mean by moving from "Christian parenting to intentional Christian parenting" and why does he emphasize this shift?

5. How did Josh’s parents' approach to intentional parenting influence his outlook and practices with his own children?

6. What does Psalm 78 reveal about the biblical vision for parenting and multi-generational faith transmission that Josh discusses?

7. Why does Josh's story about his parents taking him out to breakfast and presenting him with their parenting checklist resonate with the concept of intentionality in parenting?

8. What are some potential "idols" in modern parenting that can divert parents from focusing on spiritual priorities for their children?

9. How can parents today implement a similar intentional approach as Josh’s parents did, given the time and activity constraints many face?

10. Reflecting on the quote, "Failing to plan is planning to fail," how can parents create a customized discipleship plan for their children?

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