Time Alone With Siblings
It is important for siblings to spend time together. The sibling relationship is one where a child can learn and practice a plethora of relational dynamics, from sharing, to putting others first. As siblings get older it is important for them to have time to work out issues. There are many things that given time they will learn how to work out among themselves, such as sharing. Clearly, when children are small parents need to keep a watchful eye and ear but sometimes observing from a distance will allow siblings to learn how to work out small disagreements on their own. For more on sibling relationships click here.
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Starting With Small Children
Raising small children in the digital age is a mixed bag. Although there are many more tools at a parents disposal for teaching, it is tempting to use devices as a digital nanny. We need to be careful to teach a child how to entertain themselves with out the use of electronics. They need to have the opportunity to think for themselves rather then have fun “thrown at them”. Yesterday we discussed how imaginative play leads to creativity and that leads to invention. I remember as a child having a refrigerator box to play with. Through the course of the day that box was a house, a school for stuffed animals and many other things before finally becoming a submarine. My brother and I cut out holes, and then figured out how to make a working periscope and finally painted our submarine. So our imaginative play led to invention. It was also such a fun memory I can recall it vividly decades later. Take the time to teach even your small children how to entertain themselves. It’s worth the training investment.
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Why It Is Important To Teach This?
Teaching our children to be able to entertain themselves is important because it teaches them how to be alone. This is an important quality to teach in today’s culture of being constantly “plugged in.” Learning how to be alone exercises the imagination. It’s fun to listen to my four year old as he is playing with his toys. These are some of the building blocks for creativity. Secondly, being alone helps us to process things and learn to think for ourselves. These are some important qualities for developing leadership. Learning how to unplug also gives us time to dream and hear God’s voice. Our greatest example is Jesus, who often stole away to be alone with God. God tells us in Psalms 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.” We have to know how to spend time alone if we are going to know God more deeply and intimately. Take the time to teach this important lesson to your child. Check back this week as we look at how to do this.
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