#22 = Get Out There With Them – Be Where They Are
#23 = Get Out There With Them – Show Up at Parties
It is very important to get into your child’s world and be able to observe what is going on around them. You also have the opportunity to observer who they are allowing to influence them, as well as how your children interact with others.
One of these areas is parties. Take the time to create a game plan for how your family will handle parties during the preteen/teen years. Check out our previous series on the topic by clicking here.
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#20 and #21- Read and Read Them The Word
One of the most important things you can do educationally for your children is take the time to read to them. You can start this process even when they are infants. Reading opens up worlds to children by allowing them to develop their imagination. A great time to do this is at naptime or bedtime. Even with older children giving them times to read for fun, not just what is assigned for school, is important.
Another thing that is important for the family is to take the time to do family devotions. This may sound like a daunting task but it can be as simple as reading a few Bible verses as a family and then praying together at the end of breakfast before everyone goes out the door. There are even devotionals that can be read which take a verse and explain it age appropriately. Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be a small sermon everyday just something simple. Taking time out to read your children the Word of God is very important for their spiritual development.
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#19-Serving Others (We Are Here To Serve Mom)
One thing that Dad did a great job teaching us to do was serve our mom. Most of our house-hold chores were things that would help her out and serve her. He did a great job leading by example in this area. He was always of the mindset that mom made dinner so it was our job to serve her and clean up the kitchen. It was such a great lesson that taught us several things. First it taught us how to serve. Second it taught us that that role is to be respected and revered not taken advantage of. Thirdly it taught my brother how a woman was to be treated and taught me how I needed to be treated one day as a wife and mother.
Family is a great place to learn how to serve each other and a perfect person to begin serving is mom. As a mom sometimes we can be frustrated with this area. We can easily think that’s great but that never happens in my family; or we can think I’m glad my kids are trying to serve but that just means more work for me later. First we have to be willing sometimes to ask for help when we need it. We also need to realize that sometimes the lesson of learning to help or serve someone else is more important than the fact that you may be able to do the job more quickly and efficiently.
Click Here for the link to our series on teaching your child to serve.
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Listening is something that is imperative to parenting on several levels. It is important that we listen to our children, that we listen to our spouses in order to work as a parenting team, and that we train our children up in listening skills. The skill of listening is something that can make or break their future employment as well as their future marriage. It is another area that we have spent a whole week discussing, click here to check out “The How To’s of Listening.”
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# 17- Date Your Child
Something that you can do even when your children are small to help prepare them for future dating is taking them out on dates yourself. This one on one time can help to serve many purposes for their future.
Even at a young age you can begin to instill in them how to show respect to members of the opposite sex. For instance, if a father is taking out his young daughter, he can open doors for her ect. If a mother is taking out her son, she can teach him how to open doors for her and begin to train him how to be a gentleman.
As years go by, maintaining these special times can set the stage for awesome communication. Parents often wonder how they can communicate with their teens. Consistently having a weekly “date” is a perfect way to keep open doors of communication…especially if this has been established from a young age. See, your kids are never too young to begin this training.
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