I have mentioned in previous posts some of the podcasts I listen to on my iPod. I started listening quite a bit a couple of years ago when I had about a 35 minute drive to work. It beat the radio and I was able to take in some good messages.
I listen regularly to Andy Stanley from North Point in GA and Dave Stone and Kyle Idleman from Southeast in KY. In May, Dave Stone did a series on the family and in September Andy Stanley did a family series as well. As they talked specifically about parenting, they both said similar things that obviously came from the same source. The first time I heard it I thought it was good. The second time cemented it. While no one has all the parenting answers, I thought these were good insights.
While I’m not sure of the original source, they both shared the Four Stages of Parenting. I think Dave made the comment not to get hung up on the age break down, but to focus on the process. Both of them remarked that the stages need to be done in order and it becomes very difficult to go back and cover a missed area.
- Discipline Years (ages 1-5)
- Training Years (ages 5-12)
- Coaching Years (ages 12-18)
- Friendship Years (ages 18+)
Both speakers who have children in the final stages, so they could speak with experience on going through each one. They pointed out that each stage builds on the other as you see a progression toward maturity, independence and a change in the relationship between parent and child. Andy and his wife shared one of their goals as parents was that when their children were adults, they wanted to come home and spend time as a family.
When it comes to discipline, there was an added insight thrown in. Andy and his wife shared this from another couple’s philosophy of discipline. As a parent with young children, you may feel you are disciplining all the time. One couple shared their three nonnegotiable when it came to discipline. Discipline was enacted for one of these offenses:
This is just an excerpt of what each speaker shared. I think the four stages provide some good direction for parents. You can listen to all the message online or through podcast. You can listen/watch Southeast’s “Faithful Families” series on their website and listen/watch North Point’s “Future Family” series on their website.
This would be a great resource to check out and to share with others.