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July 31, 2014 / BTM

The Couch Potato’s Four Simple Steps to Training Your Kids This Summer

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The lazy, hazy days of summer are a good time to connect and have fun as a family. Maybe you’d like to take advantage of the summer as a time to invest in your kids’ understanding of their faith and the Christian worldview. Maybe you had great plans to do so but your summer hasn’t been so lazy or hazy. Perhaps you’re more interested in turning into a Couch Potato and hibernating over the summer.

No problem. You can do both. Here are the Couch Potato’s four simple steps to training your kids about the Christian worldview and their faith this summer.

The Couch Potato’s Four Simple Steps to training your kids about their faith and the Christian worldview this summer:

1. Book a movie night. Decide on a night to watch a movie together. Depending on how couch potato-y your family is, this will be very easy or very hard.

2. Select a movie. Go to Focus on the Family’s Plugged In website. Select a movie to watch and read the review provided. I suggest you do not limit your selections to movies with very safe content. This is an opportunity to help your kids identify how movies present alternative worldviews to the Christian one. This would be a good time to watch that movie your teens or tweens want to watch (“because everyone else is”) and discuss it with them.

3. Prepare some questions or themes to discuss after the movie. Based on the review, develop some themes and questions to discuss during or after the movie that you watch together as a family. Think specifically of areas where the movie clashes with a Christian worldview. You may wish to have a pencil and paper handy during the movie to jot down ideas as you think of them.

4. Sit on the couch and watch the movie together. End with a discussion of the relevant Christian worldview. If you’d like to be super annoying, you could stop the movie and discuss the questions or themes as they present themselves.

Alternative For Super Couch Potatoes:

Follow the instructions above, but substitute Step #2 for Focus on the Family’s Plugged In ‘Movie Nights’ website. The Movie Night’s website provides suggested questions to discuss with your kids. They also provide some other learning activities to do together. You don’t get any easier than that!

Way to go Couch Potatoes!


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