Tag Archive - age: 0-8

DOES HITTING YOUR CHILDREN TEACH THEM TO HIT? YES . . . AND NO

If by “hitting”, you mean slap, punch, wallop or anything like that, then you come up with the “yes” answer. You might also pull hair, gouge, pinch and more. Things like these are portrayed as barbaric and abusive, and they should be. Is there a better way? Continue Reading…

A Lesson in Kindness and Laughter!

In one of our DVD parenting sessions, we discuss regular but brief teaching times. These are times when there is no crisis but you teach your children about right and wrong, life and character.

As a result, Deborah Fulgham shared this recent episode from her household. Continue Reading…

A Strong-Willed Child Can “Wear You Slap Out”

picture of strong willed girl

She wears me "slap out."

What is a strong-willed child? Here’s my best definition:

“He won’t give up until you give in!”

The methods of each strong-willed child may be different, but the result is the same. They simply wear you down; or as my dad used to say, “I’m wore slap out.” Continue Reading…

Focus On the Twenty Feet

Dad giving a push

Timmy was learning to ride a bike without training wheels. This was his first attempt to ride without their aid. He had learned to start and stop while the wheels kept him from tipping over; but the day had arrived when his sense of balance had to get in gear.

So his dad got out the tools, and Timmy helped him take off the training wheels. Excitement was building. Then they pushed the bike to the driveway and dad was coaching Timmy for his first “solo” ride.

Timmy’s mom came out to watch. Timmy had asked her to see him ride on his very own. She was not convinced that he was ready. “Are you sure you can do this?” she asked him. Then she turned to dad, “He won’t get hurt, will he?” Continue Reading…

Can our kids hear God?

pic of talking donkey

 

There is the story in Numbers 22 where Balaam heard God speak to him through a donkey. He actually heard a voice with his ears.  He did not hear God with his heart, and he ended up causing a stumbling block to God’s people.

Most of us don’t hear God speak “out loud” to us, nor will our children. We must learn to hear God with our hearts, and we must train our kids to hear God with their hearts. How do we do that and what does it look like? Continue Reading…

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