Raising a Responsible Citizen | Part 5

Raising a Responsible Citizen | Part 5

Nov 02

Exercising Freedoms With Our Children

There are two very important freedoms that we get to exercise as Americans. The first is the freedom to vote. There are those who are so frustrated with the way things are the they would rather not even exercise this freedom. This is an opportunity to communicate the amazing blessing that this is to our children. There are many who sacrificed everything to gain this freedom and all we have to do us exercise it. If it works, we can even take our children with us to cast our vote to allow them to see the process.
The second awesome freedom we have is the freedom to pray for our country. This religious freedom was the reason the pilgrims sought refuge in a new land. There is nothing more powerful we can do as a family then pray. We must pray for the country, the direction of the country and it leaders who are making the major decisions. How many times do we complain or get frustrated over what is happening today but if we would only turn that energy to prayer. This is an amazing privilege that we can exercise daily with our family!

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Raising a Responsible Citizen | Part 4

Raising a Responsible Citizen | Part 4

Nov 01

Training up Godly Citizens

There are several things we can do to train our children in this area. We have discussed some ideas in the pervious days of this series. One thing we can do is try to create excitement for our older children. One of the neatest things I have seen so far during this election year is a picture of a family of elementary aged kids on down, all piled in their parents bed having a “debate party.” They were obviously allowed to stay up late and the parents had all kinds of fun snacks available. Talk about creating excitement over something that would otherwise not interest children at all! This not only sets up a fun family experience it creates an environment for discussion. We can then explain to our children and discuss as a family what the candidates are saying. We can also begin to teach discernment by exposing our children to things like the debates.
Another thing that we can do is instill in our children our country’s amazing history. There are so many who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. We can spend time making sure that our children have a sense of everything that has been sacrificed for them. This is a great lead in for this holiday season that is rapidly approaching!

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