- Be open and share the highs and lows of your own faith journey
- Know that even the topics we are scared to talk about like sex are viable opportunities to talk with our kids about matters of our faith
- Rather than asking interrogating questions or questions that often produce dead end answers, consider questions that foster conversations…. Here are a few
o What would your friends say they like about you?
o What do you wish was different about our family?
o Do you think our family is too busy, not busy enough or just right?
o What’s your best day ever?
- Another idea was that rather than watching a TV show or movie and then criticizing it after the fact, when you find a moment in it, ask, “What do you think that character should have done?”
- Or maybe your son or daughter made a bad decision….what if instead of telling them what they did that lacked wisdom, what if we asked them “If they would do that again OR what would they change about it?”
- Or, what if after church was over if instead of asking them what they learned you told them what you learned and then asked what they learned? ------ That might cause you to leave interrogation mode and switch to conversation mode and it might show your kids that discipleship matters to you too
- What if you asked, “How did you see God working today?” or “How can I pray for you?”