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The Family. The Children

One of the things I strive to do is address some of the many things that have an affect on the family.  I address them from a Biblical stand point.  Those that do not believe in God or have an issue with God and the Church many not find what I say helpful.  But I will continue to do all I can to help the family and help our children.

One of the things I think about all the time is how God said to train up a child in the way they should go.  When a child is born, they do not know anything.

Taking a Stand For Standards

I met an amazing lady this morning.  She is 82 years and still driving and working at one of the largest department stores in the United States.  Just talking with her reminded me of how blessed I am.  She was so lively and grateful for her life.

Recently I had been praying to the Lord about some things.  This amazing lady was used of God to give me some of my answers.

As you know, I believe in helping children be their best.  Part of that includes teaching them things.  In order to teach someone something, you have to have a foundation and material.

Children and Electronics

A subject that is very dear to me is how and when children begin to use electronics.  I am a firm believer that a child should not have access to a cell phone, lap top, tablet or television during the first 5 years of their lives.  I know, it sound like a long time, but it is worth the wait for the child.  The first five years of a child's life are the informative years.  It is during this time that time should be spent helping the child learn to live without electronics.

Children Have to Be Taught!!

I had a conversation with a lady the other day.  During the conversation she spoke about how unruly children are today; yelling at parents, making demands, being disrespectful, being disobedient, how you can not tell them anything, and if you do the parents get offended.

i thought about what she said.  And, she is right.  Not all children, but too many than it should be.

I believe in training or teaching children right from wrong.  According to the word of God, He said to train them up in the way they should go.

Core Skills For Children

We had a Youth session earlier this year.  In it, we discussed the six core skills a child needs to succeed.  Here they are.

1. collaboration
2. communication
3. content
4. critical thinking
5. creative innovation
6. confidence

They need: the ability to wrok with others, to have social-emotional control, and to form communities.  They need the ability to develop strong language skills, excellent listening skills, and strong reading and writing outcomes.  The need competencies in subject areas but also in learning to learn.

The Cell Phone

Yes, I know, everyone has one.  Yes, I know, it is a necessity so some say.  But I would like to challenge parents to not be so quick to buy a cell phone for minor children.  I would like to challenge parents to spend more time with their children and not allow electronics to baby sit them.  

Yes these are busy times.  Yes, schedules are full and there does not seem to be enough time to do everything that needs to be done.  But just think about it.  A parent has one chance to instill the necessary values and proper ethics into a child.

Do Not Give Up

Man that is born of a woman is but a few days and those days are full of trouble.  You do not have to go looking for trouble.  Trouble will find you.  But do not give up.

Husbands, wives, children, family.....do not give up.  Relationships go through changes.  Why?  Because the people involved change and grow.  As one matures likes and dislikes change, habits change.  Change is part of relationships.  Do not give up.

Sometimes you need a safe place to talk, discover the root cause of your feelings or what you are going through.

Just a Little Time

It is so easy to be busy.  It is so easy to just, run out of time.  But, if you have children, you need to make time.  A parent has a limited time to mold, influence their children.  Getting and being involved with your child on a day to day basis will help reduce behavior issues as they grow.

Take the time.  Make the time.  It will be worth it in the end.

M. Webb

Summer is almost here!!!!

Summer is here.  The children will be out of school.  This is a good time to help them work on things that they need help in.  Things like math (yuk, right?) or reading.  Maybe they need help with learning how to socialize with others or help being more responsible.

The Bible says a child left to himself brings his mother to shame.  So make sure your children have something constructive to do.

The Love of God For the Family

Having a family and loving your family is not something to be taken lightly.  One must be willing to give up selfishness in order for the family to have the love needed to be strong.

The father has to be willing to learn how to be a father.  The mother has to be willing to learn how to be a mother.  For it is the responsibility of the father and mother to nurture the children.  Selfishness will kill out love.  Stubbornness will kill out love.  What kind of children will a stubborn selfish environment bring forth?
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