SR 834: 50 Things – Raising Children to Godly Adults – Dr. Josh Mulvihill, Part 2 (Best of 2022)

“God chose each of us as the parent for our children. That’s really humbling.” ~ Dr. Josh Mulvihill

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While parenting is a joy-filled blessing, it can also be hard. How do we take our kids from childhood to adulthood in 18 short years and then send them off with the confidence that we have taught them well and done our very best to prepare them for a life of serving Christ? Yvette Hampton talks with Dr. Josh Mulvihill, author of the new book every parent should read, 50 Things Every Child Needs to Know Before Leaving Home: Raising Children to Godly Adults. This is a conversation you won’t want to miss!

Josh Mulvihill is the Executive Director of Church and Family Ministry at Renewanation. He served as a pastor for 18 years, has a PhD in Family Ministry, serves on the board of AWANA, and is the author or editor of ten books on parenting and grandparenting including Biblical GrandparentingPreparing Children for MarriageBiblical Worldview, and his latest 50 Things Every Child Needs to Know Before Leaving Home. He is married to Jen. They homeschool their five children and live in Victoria, MN. Josh blogs at, enjoys camping, fishing, reading a great book, and a DIY project on their hobby farm.

Come back tomorrow for the conclusion of this “best of” conversation with Dr. Josh Mulvihill.

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50 Things Every Child Needs to Know Before Leaving Home: Raising Children to Godly Adultsby Josh Mulvihill

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Discussion Questions:

1. **Inadequacy in Parenting:** The episode discusses the feeling of inadequacy many parents experience, especially in teaching their children about God. Have you ever felt this way in any aspect of parenting or education, and how did you overcome it?

2. **Parental Growth:** Josh talks about the need for parents to continue growing and learning as individuals to better raise their children. How do you identify areas in your own life that need growth, and what steps do you take to address them?

3. **Intentional Parenting:** Yvette emphasizes the importance of being intentional and planning in parenting. Can you share an example where intentional planning made a significant difference in your child’s development?

4. **Setting a Firm Foundation:** According to Josh, establishing obedience and authority is a crucial foundational step in parenting. How have you approached this in your own family, and what challenges have you faced?

5. **Cultural Challenges:** The episode mentions that modern culture often prioritizes convenience and instant gratification. How do you balance societal pressures with instilling important life skills and values in your children?

6. **Starting Late:** For parents who feel they are starting late in setting these foundational goals for their children, what advice would you offer to help them begin now, based on what Josh and Yvette discussed?

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