All day long I seem to spend more time correcting one of my children. Yet it never truly occurred to me that they way I was correcting them may not actually be the best approach. In fact, I was almost certain that I was just in a house full of completely stubborn children.
All day long I sounded like a broken record…..
“Stop doing that”
“We know we shouldn’t say things like that”
“Quit doing that”
Though those phrases (just to name a few of them) seem to stop the action at the moment, I was not actually utilizing the teachable moments that God was inviting into our day.
Mommas- Our devotional time with our children is one thing and applying scripture to our homeschooling day is great. However, pulling out scripture during teachable correctional moments is life changing – world changing.
- It allows our children to see what God’s Word says about their actions.
- It allows us to keep an open scriptural based dialect with our children.
- It allows for personal and spiritual growth to happen for and in our children.
- It helps instill the importance of examining God’s Word in the day to day situations.
- It helps our children understand that there is a reason for all those pesky family rules.
In order for this to truly work for your home, you have to be willing to take the extra time needed to correct your child through scripture. Therefore, those short three-word phrases I referenced above, will simply not work on their own.
Instead here are the things that I am finding work in my home:
- Calmly speak with the child about the behavior: This requires me to get down to eye level and to keep my own emotions in check.
- Pull out your Bible and either read the scripture that pertains to that particular action or if they can read then by all have them read it.
- Talk with each other about what the passage actually meant.
- Explain what the particular action means to God.
- Pray with the child over the situation.
Since beginning to do this in our home, I will admit I found it a bit time consuming. However- as I saw it beginning to work and I noticed a sense of peace wash over our home I was sold. After all, what momma doesn’t desire to have a peaceful home?
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. ~Proverbs 22:6
My hope and prayer is that these tips will help you discover and use those teachable moments with your own little blessings.
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