Thursday, March 01, 2007

::what they will become::

Updated: Eighth challenge courtesy of my good friend Cheryl.
Moms: Seven big challenges for you...
  1. Develop in your children a positive self esteem (how? Develop your own sense of humor. Don't make a big deal out of small things.)
  2. Develop in them a sense of adventure. (teach them to be courageous and that failing is okay. Teach them to take the good with the bad and try new things, travel, new experiences).
  3. Develop their faith (pray with them, start a dream journal, help them to see possibilities they may not have seen. Teach them the concept of valuable growth in hardship.)
  4. Teach them to keep their promises. (If you say you are going to do something --do it! If you have to sacrifice to keep your promise to them, see it as a golden opportunity to show them how important it was to you that you keep it --not to guilt them but to teach.)
  5. Teach them to be learners for life. (Teach them to read, take classes and try to sports, skills.)
  6. Teach them to have a sincere love for God. (We don't just go to church Susie, we go because we love God and this is why we love him...)
  7. Teach them that they are valued and teach them to value others. (Whisper in their precious ears, "You are precious, you are loved, you are smart, you are the best.")
  8. Teach your child the secret of self control....by restraining yourself, of course, restricting them when they get out of control, helping them to delay gratification (saving for purchases etc)
Most effective way to teach these: be an example yourself and keep a strong marriage.

Taken from yesterday morning's Nurture notes on speaker Paul Meyers. Some challenges I'll be working on. Join me?


4 Comments:

Blogger holy chaos said...

most definintely!

you know what The Message says about children? .... that they are God's GREATEST gift...

I can't remember which Psalm but I read that a couple of days ago and just saoked in it. :)

12:27 PM  
Blogger Jada's Gigi said...

I'm so glad practical how tos were included! Very wise...so often we are told what we should be doing but given no practical ideas on how to carry that out. I would offer one more..Teach your child the secret of self control....by restraining yourself, of course, restricting them when they get out of control, helping them to delay gratification (saving for purchases etc) Parenting is such a huge responsibility isn't it?

12:35 PM  
Blogger Bek said...

thanks gina!b yes, i'm in too!

5:01 PM  
Blogger Lazy cow said...

Thank you for that, I'm going to put those points into my journal.
BTW, in answer to your question on my book blog, The Stress free home: beautiful interiors for serenity and harmonious living is by Jackie Craven, and it's non-fiction. It is absolutely gorgeous, and has some brilliant ideas. (She also has another couple of books, one is The Organized home).
PS Your photos make my heart sing!

5:04 AM  

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