Free Songs for Saplings

To celebrate Easter to good folk at Songs for Saplings are making their whole collection of Christian songs completely free.  That includes downloadable albums, sheet music, lyrics – the lot.

We have really loved how their Questions with Answers CDs have helped us to worship God together as a family and we’ll be downloading the material we don’t yet have this week.

I’d highly recommend you do the same by clicking here.

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Questions with Answers – Volumes 5 & 6

Excited children and happy parents.

Songs for Saplings have been extremely busy and have now released Volumes 5 & 6 of their Questions With Answers series of albums.  Volume 5 covers Prayer and the Sacraments while Volume 6 has songs on Christ and His Return.

It’s a great way for children (and adults) to learn the catechism and lots and lots of Scripture.

Click on the video below to hear Dana singing a version of The Lord’s Prayer, and click here to download volumes 1 -6 of this excellent resource.

Telling the story from the Bible

For anyone interested in an extremely helpful and in depth review of two of the most popular “children’s story Bibles,” David Shaw has done a great job here.  It’s a long read but well worth it as it provides a helpful way to think through the important issues in reading God’s Word with your children.

10 more on raising children

Following on from the previous post, Kevin DeYoung lists 10 items originally by  John Witherspoon on raising children and parental authority here.

Of particular note are the following three comments on a parent’s authority or lack of it:

  •  There is not a more disgusting sight than the impotent rage of a parent who has no authority.
  • Let it always be seen that you are more displeased at sin than at folly.
  • Many parents are much more ready to tell their children such or such a thing is mean, and not like a gentleman, than to warn them that they will incur the displeasure of their Maker.

10 ways to ruin your child’s imagination

A helpful post for parents from Justin Taylor summarising Anthony Esolen’s book, Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child. It’s available from Amazon as a hardback, but you’d be far better off buying it in the Kindle version.

1. Begin by rearing children almost exclusively indoors

2. Never allow children to organize their own worlds of exploration of that which is interesting or challenging

3. Don’t risk allowing children to explore machines or encounter those who know and use them

4. Replace fairy tales with cliches and fads

5. Denigrate or discard the heroic and patriotic

6. Cut down all heroes to size

7. Reduce all talk of love to narcissism and sex

8. Level all distinctions between man and woman

9. Distract the child with the shallow or unreal

10. Deny the transcendent