Have you ever had a DUH moment? You know, when something so incredibly obvious is introduced to you and you realize that you should have known it all along. Well, I had a moment like that at the Wisconsin Christian Homeschool Educators Conference. I was attending a class on teaching your children character and the speaker said that we must intentionally teach our children about character. Ok, just for the record, I DO teach my children about character. Kind of. When there is an issue that needs to be addressed, we have been known to speak to our children about Godly character and their need to display it in everything we do. Good enough, right?
Not so much. I guess we always thought that if we did that and modeled good character, that our children would be fine, upstanding young men and woman (we only have one girl) who display good character in all that they do. Well, I have to admit, we have failed our older children in this respect. It turns out, that if you only correct wrong behavior and then model the good character you want them to have, it doesn’t always work. It’s a good start. But there has to be more. We must be intentional about teaching them good character BEFORE an issue arises.
I know this seems obvious to many of you. But for me, it just never occurred to me to sit my kids down and teach them about specific character traits that any responsible human should display. DUH. I certainly hope I’m not the only one. I’m going to assume that I’m not the only parent that doesn’t have it all together and share with you a couple of resources that you might find helpful if you would like to teach your children about Godly character.
The first one I am going to share, you will actually use when issues arise. It’s called Proverbs for Parenting by Barbara Decker. This is a topical guide to the Proverbs. Whenever an issue arises, you can simply turn to that topic to show your children what the Bible says about that. Good thinking, eh? I mean, it’s Proverbs. The book of wisdom. We ALL need that when raising children.
Check it out for yourself. Proverbs for Parenting is a great resource to use when conflicts arise; however, it’s best to teach them about Godly character BEFORE. I found a wonderful resource for this at the homeschool conference. At first, I didn’t purchase it because I’m on a budget and I figured I could design my own lessons on character using the Bible. After thinking about it awhile, my friend convinced me to go ahead and get it because the work is already done for me. I have enough on my plate and realistically, I may never get around to it. And I believe it is too important to take the chance of letting it fall by the wayside and never get done. So, I purchased it and I’m so glad I did. I can’t wait to get started.
You can find Character Building by Lee Ann Rubsam and Proverbs for Parenting by Barbara Decker at this website:
This website is also a great place to find several other great resources that I heard about at the conference. I don’t know about you, but we can use all of the wisdom and resources we can get our hands on to help us to raise children with Godly character. I hope you find these resources helpful and as always~There’s No Place Like Home!