I have seen the Child Training Bible ( CTB ) popping up online for a while and it really grabbed my attention. Like many parents we’ve struggled with how to properly discipline our children. I don’t want our children to grow up thinking that mom and dad just make up the rules and have no solid reason for our expectations. That’s where the CTB comes in.
What is the Child Training Bible?
The CTB was created by Mindy Dunn to be used by parents as a easy way to look up scriptures that relate to certain discipline issues. Anger, Lying, Jealousy, Tattletaling, Making Excuses and Not Listening are just a few of the 20 topics included in the CTB.
Here’s what a completed CTB looks Like:Childtrainingbible.com
The Child Training Bible Kit that I received included: ($9.00 value)
- A Key
- 3 Easy Tabbers (the tabbers include a list of scripture and questions that you can discuss with your children)
In addition to this I purchased:
- A 9×6 Bible
I used The NIV Adventure Bible which was the best option I could find. Unfortunately I had to trim the Key in order for it to fit correctly.
** I would recommend buying the Classic Pew Bible that is suggested (pictured below).
This way you don’t have to trim the Key for it to fit.
- Post-it Tabs: You will need 8 different colors
- Highlighters: I had a set of Crayola Twistables Crayons that I used to do the highlighting in our bible. I originally purchased the Sharpie Highlighters that were recommended but I just couldn’t justify the $9 price tag, so back to Target they went! The crayons worked great. They did not bleed through and it was easy to read through the markings.
This is what the inside of the bible looks like when you’re done tabbing and highlighting:Childtrainingbible.com
What I loved:
- A quick Reference- The CTB gives us a quick way to share scriptures with the children when they are struggling to behave.
- I loved putting it together – Reading through the scriptures while I highlighted and tabbed each page was a great way for me to be reminded what the bible has to say about attitudes and behaviors that even I struggle with.
- We’ve been using it – I’ve taken out the CTB at least 3 times each week (I’m trying to make it a habit). Our 5 year old might not completely understand some of the scriptures, but it’s a great example for her to see me grabbing the bible and using it as our guide.
What could be better:
- Size – It was VERY difficult to find a Bible that the Key fit properly in. It would be great if the Key was about 1/2 inch smaller. A smaller key would have allowed us to choose the ideal bible for our family. The larger size Key page limited us to only a few versions and styles. We would have preferred to use the New International Reader’s Version for our young children.
Our Overall Opinion:
We love it! Such a great concept and we’re happy to have a CTB to use with our family. It has become a KEY tool that we will continue to use with our children for years to come.