Welcome to Cornerstones for Parents! Over the past decade, I have written more than 200 articles on this site aimed at helping Christian parents build up their families on the one, true Cornerstone, Jesus Christ.
My approach to Christian parenting has Five Pillars that build upon this foundation:
The Five Pillars of Christian Parenting
1. Know your kids
I believe it is very important for parents to have a basic understanding of child development in general as well as insights into the personalities that make each child unique. This information allows parents to tailor interventions and expectations appropriately.
2. Connect with your kids
I also believe it is very important for parents to foster healthy relationships with each of their children through affirmation, quality time, and mutual interests. A heathy parent-child relationship is the backbone for effective discipleship and discipline.
3. Disciple your kids
Most often, parenting is viewed as a job focused on discipline. But for the Christian parent, the job is so much more. Sharing the hope of the gospel in kid-friendly ways, living out the truths of Scripture in every day life, and creating a culture of discipleship gives children a solid foundation upon which they can build their faith.
4. Train and correct your kids
I believe that discipline has two components: training and correction. Training involves proactive teaching, mentoring, and modeling of the Fruits of the Spirit. For Christian parents, correction is not about punishment, but rather focuses on the heart of the child, repentance, and restoration.
5. Get support for yourself
Raising children is no easy task. God has called us to live in community because we need one another to share our burdens. I believe the biggest key to feeling confident as a parent is support. We all need regular encouragement and gentle nudges to keep at it.
As you look over my site, you will find that my articles are arranged into these five broad categories. You will also find a few parenting tools and free printables that I have created to help you build your family up.
I am a licensed clinical social worker with a specialization in children and families. I have experience as a child and family therapist and as a parent educator. I am also a freelance writer and author of an upcoming anxiety workbook for children.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I would love to hear from you. And don’t forget to sign up for my monthly newsletter below!
Blessings to you and yours,
Laura Kuehn, MSW, LCSW