All The Best Parables for Parents


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Being a parent is a lot of work…. And not in one of those “employed” type of ways. It’s more as an “every day is a day I teach my children and myself something new” kinda way. PHEW. Often times, parables can be a way that can help parents filter through the tougher times in life.

Parables are short stories that teach you life and moral lessons. For many, the Bible is full of love, wisdom, and knowledge that they use in their everyday lives.

Teaching your children life lessons through parables can be a great and inspirational way to reinforce those topics!

Parables for Parents – Words to Help Guide During Tough Topics

The great thing about learning and talking about parables is that they can be interpreted a bit differently. And when you talk about them with your kids? Suddenly they get even more meaning!

Because parables are stories which everyone hears their own way. While the underlying message may be the same, the way it’s processed can and will vary greatly.

While this parable of the pear tree isn’t scriptural, it’s a thought-provoking and wonderful parable. And it gets me every time. I can’t wait for the tear-fest that it’s sure to be when I share it with my kids.

Biblical Parables for Rough Days as a Parent

While these aren’t all the parables in the bible, these are a few that can help open up those lines of communication to talk to your children about tough topics.

The bible is full of many verses and parables, but here are some to consider when parenting gets hard and you need words to help guide during tough times.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

As a parent, we probably tell our children a hundred times a day to behave and do the right thing or make the right choice…and sometimes it feels like those words are going in one ear and out the other. This is where trying to intertwine a lesson with a parable may have a good outcome because it’s delivering the same message, just in different form. 

The Parable of the Good Samaritan is basically about teaching to do the right thing. By educating your little ones about being nice to those in need, you’re also helping to teach them kindness and lifelong skills that they’ll use forever in their daily lives. 

The Parable of the Growing Seed

In The Parable of the Sower, Jesus talks about planting seeds and waking up basically to see how it’s grown where it fell. Plain and simple, right?

Teaching your children this concept may take a bit more work, but it’s possible. Talk to your children about how things will grow that are loved and nurtured.

As the plant continues to grow, taking care of it needs to happen so it becomes the best it can be. After all, it’s no secret the best way to get plants to grow is by caring for them. And those items once grown can be used to feed families, share with friends or even gift to those in need!

And that the ground is us – but that in farming, any soil can be prepared to be the “right” kind of soil. We just have to work on improving ourselves so we can accept His word.

In other words, we each need to have a growth mindset – something my kids are focusing on at school. And it’s fantastic – because the expert in anything was once a beginner. So keep trying. And one day, we’ll see the hundredfold results, too.

The Parable of the Good Shepard

Teaching your child to live a life of loving Jesus is important and is one of your biggest and most important jobs as a Christian parent. Sometimes, it’s easy to do by taking them to church or bible school or by sitting around the house and singing kid-friendly Bible songs. But there are times when it’s important to talk to your children about lessons that the Bible actually discusses as well so that they can become familiar with the Word of God.

The Parable of the Good Shepard is a beautiful parable that is deep but important to learn. Talking about this parable to your children may mean that you need to “lighten” up the tone a bit here and there while keeping the underlying message of looking for light and knowledge from the right channels. Educating your children that following the word of God can and will reap great rewards, as shown in this parable!

Parables and Fables Help Us Learn by Remembering Stories

Using parables as a way to open up the lines of communication with your children is important. Parables, fables, and stories are perfect ways to learn great life lessons and moral stories. Especially since they truly do help us learn more about a lot of the fundamentals and basics of the bible.

Start off by talking to your child about what a parable is, and then go over a few of them together. Read them, talk about them and then talk about how those parables and stories are applicable to your life today. 

Learning together in faith and love is one of the best ways to bond together as a family. 

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Kimberly C. Starr

I'm a ginger who loves reading, eating, being a nurse, spending time with my family, and writing about it all. I believe humor is the best medicine, followed very closely by chocolate and tacos.

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