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Five Common (Yet Radical) Values that You Should Teach Your Children

Christian parents often are facing an uphill battle when it comes to raising respectable children in today’s world.

As parents we are facing a world that despises all that Christ stands for, especially when it comes to having values.

As Christians we are to be different. What can you do as a parent to teach your children to have values in today’s world?

Allow Children to Play

Play is beneficial and children should be encouraged to be allowed to play.

According to a clinical report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children.”

Play is essential in everybody’s life. One of the most important gifts we can give our children is the habit of playing.

Play teaches children how to commumnicate and cooperate with their peers.

You can learn more by clicking on the link below.

Teach Your Child the Habit of Reading

Do you love reading?

Do your children love books?

This past week my three younger daughters and I have been reading Nancy Drew, a series written in the mid 1940’s.

We read this for 30 minutes every night before they head to bed.

I have read this series as a young girl and so far my girls are enjoying it just as much.

What books do you love to read? What books do you read to your children or as a family?

Below are 15 ways to help encourage reading in your family.

Make them Do Chores

Too many children are being raised without responsibilities or expectations placed on them. There is much value in teaching children to become hard-workers.

Hard work teaches children an appreciation for things in life and how to be content.

One of the best ways to teach the value of hard work is by having your children do chores from a young age.

The benefits of chores include:

  1. Teaches them responsibility
  2. Teaches them the value of serving others
  3. Teaches them hard work and helps to develop a good work ethic
  4. Teaches them patience
  5. Teaches them how to follow a routine
  6. Helps build their self-confidence and allows them to feel competen

You can learn more of the benefits of raising children to do chores by clicking on the link below.

Teaching Your Child a Lesson By Allowing Them to Fail

No parent wants their child to fail at anything, but it is often through failures-big or small, that our children learn the most important lessons on life.

Read more by clicking on the link below….

That it is Okay Not to Attend College

We are reminded in Proverbs 6:22, that parents should ‘train their children up in the way they should go, even when they are old will not depart from it.”

So what does this mean?  It does not mean what you probably think it does. 

Typically, parents misapply this verse and believe if they bring their children to church and teach them the things of the Bible that they will grow up to always love God. 

This is not true.

What it is referring to is learning who our children are and raising them according to own unique bent.

The part of the verse that says, ‘in the way they should go and not depart from it’ is referring to our child’s particular ‘bent’ in life.

The Lord created each and every one of us differently than the other. We each have our own talents and gifts. 

However, if our children feel forced to attend college or college is presented as the only alternative after high school; our children may be forced into a position they were not destined for.

Once a parent recognizes and learns to respect that about their child, training them according to their particular bent will allow our child to go down the path the Lord designated for them. 

Read more below about why we are not forcing our children to attend college.

What radical ways do you parent?

How are you training your child up in the ‘way they should go’….?

Be blessed.

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