Never Say No: Raising Big-Picture Kids (Mark & Jan Foreman)
Never Say No takes you on a personal journey to learn first-hand how Mark & Jan Foreman raised Jon and Tim of Switchfoot. They share practical advice for instilling wonder in a media-saturated culture, cultivating specific gifts, and balancing structure with individual choice. Our purpose as parents is the same as our child’s: to live creatively beyond ourselves, bringing the love, beauty and nature of God to this world. Let the adventure begin.
- We are to raise kids with a dream and help them follow and chase after that dream
- Fostering an environment of courage and pushing our kids forward
- How much of my time is spent being intentional with my family?
- Their playbook for family values: Responsibility, persistence, resilience, patience, well rounded
- Technology is threatening childhood
- Toys – how do we encourage our kids to play creatively
- Be in closer contact to people who are hurting
- Raising up kids that stand out and are different and are agents of change
- “The calling for all children is to invade the sometimes scary world with the love, truth and goodness of the God that made us”
- Who do our kids see that we are? If our kids see that we care, they will grow hearts that care.
- As parents get to pass the torch of our faith’
- If our faith is mechanical, then our kids will think of faith in the same bucket as topics in school that they’re forced to memorize
- Sticky practices – rhythms of connection moments – mystery waffles or Fried Egg Fridays
- Making the Bible come alive with a creative interactive piece
- Use all 5 senses to help the Bible come alive – this will help them remember it
- We become like the people we surround ourselves with
- I want to help my kids experience an awesome God and let them know that their Heavenly Father delights in them
About Ross Manders:
Ross and his wife Emily moved from Minnesota to Philadelphia, PA to plant Restoration Church five years ago. They have four amazing kids. Ross’ goal is to help as many people as possible know God and love God and in that become more fully human.
Another idea to make a moment with your kids this week: