Resources and Activities
Journey to Holiness: Practical Strategies for Overcoming Sin and Bearing More Spiritual Fruit, L Maydell
A Holy Seed, Using God's Wisdom to Nurture Our Children, L Maydell
The Original 21 Rules of This House, Josh and Greg Harris
The Christian Counselor’s Manual, Jay Adams (Details on the “Family Counsel Table” method of solving family issues)
Proverbs for Parenting, Barbara Decker
Character Reinforcement Ideas
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Take your child to a thrift store, walk down the toy aisle and look at all the thrown out toys, comment that here, poor parents can purchase toys for their children. Go home and make a bag to donate.
Courage Bracelet; add a bead or medal to a bracelet every time your child shows bravery. (tells the truth when it hurts, defends right, opposes evil.)
Write on a piece of paper whatever you need to forgive and/or "let go of." Pray and then burn the paper.
Write or draw thank you notes for every kind deed or gift.
“Trophy” for Kindest activity of the week by a child..
"What Do You Do When" game. Child or parent asks, " What do you do when..." for difficult or new situations. The first answer must be outrageous, the second answer the best way to deal with a situation. ( Adapted from Family Fun Magazine, Dec. 2014, Guest and Host game by Sherill Hatch .)
Sometimes you have to explain what a lie is. For a great object lesson got to: .http://www.overthebigmoon.com/an-object-lesson-for-kids-on-honesty/
Let children earn money and learn to save, spend and give with even the smallest amounts.
While you talk about purity, unwrap a lollipop for each child and roll it in a bowl of dirt, give the children a choice of a clean lollipop or the dirty ones. Application= Do you want to be clean or dirty?
Developing Family Closeness:
Work together; Chores that help the whole family
Play together; Camping (as primitive as tolerable)
Develop since of a uniqueness
Limit TV and other individual activities
The Marshmallow exercise:
Give you child a marshmallow. Tell him you will give him 2 marshmallows if he will wait for 2-10 minutes (increase time as age increases.) Teach your child how to succeed: not touching, playing with something else while he waits, etc.
Role play possible difficult situations to prepare how you will handle them.
Chores are a good thing! Time and effort invested in anything makes it important to us. As part of the family, we all have responsibilities.