How Parents Should Engage Children with Juan and Jeanine Sanchez

In this episode of Straight to the Heart, our host Rush Witt enjoys a conversation with Juan and Jeanine Sanchez, coauthors of a new book called Reaching Your Child’s Heart: A Practical Guide to Faithful Parenting. Juan and Jeanine share wisdom about the value of reading aloud as a family, the importance of being present in our parenting, and finding a balance in our parental discipline–not too much and not too little, lest we provoke our children to anger.


1:56 – Juan and Jeanine fall in love in Florida

6:07 – The differences between five daughters

11:52 – A key message shifted Juan to be more present at home

16:23 – How did reading aloud as a family assist your parenting?

25:37 – What were the discipline influences in your own upbringing?

28:35 – How should parents balance their discipline to avoid provoking children to anger?

36:55 – How can parents model presence and positive instruction?

41:21 – You should not be alone in parenting

44:04 – There are so many parenting books, why another?

45:15 – Farewell

About Juan and Jeanine Sanchez:

Juan Sanchez, MDiv, ThM, PhD, serves as senior pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, TX and is a council member of The Gospel Coalition, cofounder and president of Coalición, and an associate professor of theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has authored numerous books, including 1 Peter for You and The Leadership Formula. Jeanine teaches English and writing to children and teaches the Bible to women. When not in the classroom, Jeanine enjoys reading, hospitality, watching Florida football, and spending time with her adult children and her grandchildren. Juan and Jeanine have five adult daughters, and together have written Reaching Your Child’s Heart.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Seasons of Sorrow 1
Mobilizing Church Based Counseling Frontcover 85085
Blog Posts written bY Juan and Jeanine Sanchez.
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Welcome to “Straight to the Heart,” a podcast from New Growth Press hosted by Rush Witt. Each episode includes thought-provoking conversations with leading Christian writers and thinkers. We hear who they are, what they believe, how they approach their work and ministry, and the moments and people who have changed their lives. In “Straight to the Heart,” we go beyond the books to connect with the remarkable people behind them.

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