Thursday, October 9, 2008

10 Ways to Keep Your Child's Spirit Intact

"Fathers, don't make your children bitter. If you do, they will lose hope. " Colossians 3:21

I was thinking about my children today and what causes them stress. I've come up with a list of do's and don'ts to help parents to keep a child's spirit intact. If you have one to add, please comment and share it with us! So here we go:
  1. DO set limits for your children and communicate to them your expectations. This will increase their sense of security.
  2. DO spend scheduled time with your children daily, giving them a chance to unload their burdens.
  3. DON'T get angry or yell at a child for something he's never been taught. Teach first, discipline later.
  4. DON'T use sarcasm. They won't get it.
  5. DO be on time for everything. Children get very anxious having to walk into situations late.
  6. DON'T discuss your child's progress to their teachers, doctor, etc. (unless it's all good) in front of your child.
  7. DON'T argue with your spouse in front of your child.
  8. DO let your children overhear you praying, and see you relying on God at all times.
  9. DO help them with their homework, and see that it gets done on time.
  10. DO keep a clean house. House clutter is brain clutter, I always say.

And one more just for good measure: DO rejoice with your children DAILY... for the Lord is good! :-)

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