A Simple Framework for Parenting

Mother teaching her little child

Parenting can be hard work. One minute you want to showcase your kids on Facebook; the next you want to crawl into a corner to cry.

There are a ton of great books, conferences, and techniques out there to help you be a better mom or dad. And that’s all well and good. But if you’re looking for simple, it’s hard to argue with Luke 2:52.

 “Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.” (NLT)

It’s a short verse, but it gives us a great summary of how Jesus grew from a child into a man. And I think there’s a lot we can take away from it.

But first, let’s break it down:

    1. Jesus grew mentally – knowing and doing the right things.
    2. Jesus grew physically – his body developed the way it was supposed to.
    3. Jesus grew spiritually – in right relationship with the Father.
    4. Jesus grew socially – in right relationship with others.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more clear, concise, comprehensive, and practical outline for childhood development than this.

When it comes to your role as a parent, try asking yourself the following questions:

  • Am I helping my children grow in wisdom? What are they learning about God’s word and about life? Am I helping them apply the truth?
  • Am I helping my children grow in stature? What am I teaching and modeling for them about diet, exercise, rest, etc?
  • Am I helping my children grow in favor with God? Are they learning to know, love, and obey him? 
  • Am I helping my children grow in favor with others? Am I giving them the relational skills they need to succeed?

Do you have a simple framework for parenting? If not, consider using Luke 2:52.

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