Learning Hospitality

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Here’s a simple way to teach your kids about hospitality and being sensitive to the needs of those around them.

Recently, we invited some special people from our church over for dinner.  We asked a few of the grandkids to act as “servers” and help me prepare dinner and then serve our guests.

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Character Training Tip: Attentiveness

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What is attentiveness? Simply stated, it’s listening with the ears, eyes , and heart.  It’s paying attention on purpose.

As our kids were growing up we had a family night every Friday night. For a number of years, we would have a “family Bible quiz“. The kids looked forward to this. Dad would simply read from the Bible or Bible story book when they were very young. During or after (depending on attention spans of the kids), he would pause and ask questions about what he’d just read.

The kids would want to be first to raise their hand to answer a question. Sometimes we’d just go around the circle of children so each one had the opportunity to try to answer a question. If they couldn’t get it, we moved on to the next person. Continue reading Character Training Tip: Attentiveness

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“Hidden Sins” Cupcakes (a tasty object lesson)

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Here is a great and tasty object lesson you can do with your children. It is one of the projects found in our Character Concepts for Preschoolers Mom’s Guide. I found this recipe/idea years ago from an old Bible cookbook for kids that had different Bible lessons with recipes to go along with them.

This one become a favorite. In fact, when our youngest child, Kasey, was a little girl, she began calling sweets ‘sin’ and asking for some ‘sin’ for dessert! That always brought some laughter!

Just last week when I had 4 of the grand kids over for a couple of days, I brought out this recipe to make with them. They wondered what in the world we were doing when Kasey and I suggested making “hidden sins” for dessert!  🙂

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Philippians 4:8 ‘Tell a Good Thing’ Activity for Families

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This is a simple little game we would play to encourage our children to think on what is true, honest, right, lovely, and of good report as Philippians 4:8 instructs us. ( Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Phil. 4:8)

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A Game of “If’s”

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ifs game “Ifs” is a game we often played with our children to help them learn how to make wise decisions before they were even placed in a position of temptation.  Our grown kids have testified this helped them many times to choose the right thing.

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Nature Studies – Diligence ~ Preschool Thursdays

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Thursdays-Preschool-AntsTeach your little one life lessons from the ant.

One of my sons delighted in crushing up saltine crackers on the front porch and watching as the ants would come in force to carry the crumbs off to their home.

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” Proverbs 6:6

What a great opportunity to discuss diligence. God made the ants diligent.

We can learn from them and choose wisely.

 

 

 

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Training Sessions

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Character Concepts training obedienceYou may have heard me say it before.  Too many parents train their children the same way they train their dogs.  They wait until they mess up, then yell at them.

That’s obviously not a very encouraging or pleasant way to be trained.  What we need to do instead is to prepare our children ahead of time.   Then corrections can be fewer and more gentle.  Everybody will be happier, parents and children alike.  But how do we do that?

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Obedience Exercises

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Copy of ringareoundtherosyHere’s a project you can do with your kids to help them become “obedience-conscious.”  It’s sort of a game, but it’s a good way to prime your kids to think in terms of obeying, as we like to say, “immediately, cheerfully and thoroughly.”

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