There are five basic roles in life that each person can fulfill or help others fulfill. The ATI program seeks to assist parents in training sons and daughters to be successful in each of these areas.
The questions listed here can guide you in bonding sessions with your sons and daughters to help deepen your relationship and give you insights into their needs. Take time to get to know each of your children. Set aside time just to ask questions and listen.
A nation is weak if it has weak families. A family is weak if it has a weak father. A father is weak if he fails to understand or fulfill his God-given responsibilities. These responsibilities include imparting to sons and daughters the following objectives:
Understanding sons and daughters comes by demonstrating a “listening heart.” One of the Hebrew words for “understand,” shama, means “to hear intelligently.” The mother often has the best opportunity to be the listener throughout the day.
Do you ever get frustrated and angry when your son doesn’t follow instructions completely? Recently, this is something I have struggled with. My angry responses to my young sons’ mistakes dampened the joy in our home, and I knew that something needed to change.
Staff members share the traditions and holiday ideas that have meant a lot to their families through the years. We hope this holiday season is filled with special times for your family as you keep Christ the central focus of your celebrations.
The following diagram illustrates four types of leadership and how fathers with these characteristics lead their families. This diagram is simply used to help a man discern what type characterizes his pattern of fathering and allows him to see the potential results of his leadership if nothing changes.
A wisdom search is a time when the family gathers together for worship, studying Scripture, prayer, and fellowship. Taking time for wisdom searches can revolutionize interpersonal relationships in the family — especially between a husband and wife. Many families testify that this time together builds a deep foundation for family fellowship and support for the years ahead, and it provides stability as the truths of God’s Word are studied and honored together.
Do you ever feel the pressure of comparing your family with others and realizing that you do not measure up to what you see? We all have dreams of what our ideal family life would be. Sometimes these are prompted by “model” families that we have seen, or perhaps they are the dreams we had of what our own family should be like.
All too often, God’s people lose generation after generation to the distractions and cares of this life, bringing up children who leave faith behind as they reach adulthood. We want our children to continue on in the faith. This outcome does not happen by accident.