GKGW Full Course

This core curriculum lays the groundwork for your parenting, no matter where you are in the process. This programme, previously known as Growing Kids God’s Way, is designed to take parents through the process of building a loving family unit by raising morally responsible children.

Course Delivery: The Growing Kids God’s Way course has 17 sessions to take you and your child through to the pre-teens. The participants meet once a week to watch a video, and discuss the topics. Each couple receives their course manuals and homework to complete.

MODULE 1 Foundations (Compulsory)

Session 1: How to Raise a Moral Child

Participants learn why we need to give our children a moral or practical reason why when we give them a directive.

Session 2: Right Beginnings

The importance of the husband-wife relationship is emphasised, as children need a secure atmosphere to grow up in. If you are a single parent, Gary & Anne Marie deal sensitively with the special issues that confront you.

Session 3: Touchpoints of Love

‘The Five Love Languages’ by Dr Gary Chapman are the key to this session. Do you know how to say, “I Love You” to your spouse and your children in their love language?

Session 4: The Father’s Mandate.

Fathers are shown what their God given role is in the family. Eight non-negotiable imperatives for the father are identified.

Session 5: Your Child’s Conscience

How much do you understand about the conscience and how it works? Class members do a test to determine the state of their own conscience.

MODULE 2 Character Development

Session 6: Respect for Authority and Parents

A very practical lesson that covers such matters as honouring parents, respect for those who have authority, such as police, teachers etc.

Session 7: Respect for Age

Training children to honour and respect age is training them to honour God.
Whatever happened to Mr & Mrs? Teaching your children the “interrupt rule”.

Session 8: Respect for Peers, Property, and Nature

How to teach children to respect the dominion of others. The emphasis is not on the object but on showing respect for the person who owns the object.

MODULE 3 Discipline

Session 9: Principles of Obedience

When you give your child a command, do they respond with “yes Mum or yes Dad”? First time obedience is achievable. What is it like in your family?

Session 10: Discipline with Encouragement

Encouragement is a very important part of discipline. You will learn the difference between a reward and a bribe.

Session 11: Discipline with Correction

Learn the difference between “childishness” and “foolishness”. Also, under-punishing sets too low a value on the sin but over-punishing exasperates the child.

Session 12: Consequences and Punishment

Many parents fall into the cultural use of spanking instead of the biblical application. A child is robbed of dignity when parents use intimidation, threats, yelling, and other unbiblical forms of correction rather than biblical chastisement.

Session 13: Repentance, Forgiveness, and Restoration.

Unfortunately, people often confuse regret with repentance. You cannot repent without regret, but you can regret without repentance.

Session 14: Discipline Issues (Part One)

We can allow our children too many choices that are not age appropriate. The result is that a child becomes “wise in their own eyes”.

Session 15: Discipline Issues (Part two)

We look at whining, lying, cheating, stealing, temper tantrums, micro-vs-macro rebellion, power struggles etc.

Session 16: The Appeal Process

Col 3:21 says ‘Fathers, do not exasperate your children.’ This lesson shows you how you can fulfil this scriptural injunction.

Session 17: Building a Healthy Family

What will your family identity be in another three, five, or ten years? Have you cultivated a team spirit in your home? Have you instilled a God-honoring value system into your children’s lives? Who else is raising our children? Family structures promote or hinder healthy parent-child relationships, as well as sibling-sibling relationships.