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10 Tips for Raising Well Rounded Christian Children

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As parents, one of our goals should be to raise well rounded Christian children who are prepared  for life. This involves many different aspects, such as spiritual, academic, social, and practical life skills.

It’s important that we try to balance the different areas,  so they will be ready to take on the opportunities God has planned for them.

Here are 10 practical tips to help us raise well rounded children:

1. From the time they accept Christ as their Savior, start to help them learn day by day to have a strong reliance on God’s Word, and to know that they should go to Him in prayer for all of life’s problems.

2. Help your children realize there are consequences for sin, and to recognize those consequences.

3. Work on Scripture memorization with them from a young age, and help them establish the habit of reading God’s Word daily, and seeking to hear His voice.

4. Help your children learn how to handle disappointment.

5. Teach them to enjoy work, and to have a good work ethic. (do their best to the glory of God)

6. Gradually teach them independence and self-reliance. Make sure you have taught them how to make wise decisions, and to seek counsel when making important decisions.

7. Help them see that they earn privileges when they have learned to show responsibility. (also that privilege brings responsibility)

8. Surround them with good books, and uplifting music. Encourage a love for reading, as well as a taste for the right kind of music. (CHARACTER BUILDING BOOKS)

9. Spend time listening to them, and allow them to express their feelings, and questions. Give LOTS of praise!

10. Make your home a happy place to be, so they want to be there and bring their friends there.

What are some things you would add to this list?[magicactionbox]

 

 

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8 Responses

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    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?

    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
    Appreciate it

  2. We’re a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our
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  3. Hi Heather!

    You can highlight just the post text & images, then copy into a Microsoft Word document. Delete the ad images and then print.

    Thanks,
    Kathie

  4. Is there an easy way to print this list so it’s not full of side bar type ads and it’s not a ton of pages? Thanks!

  5. Hi Aimee, I would first of all set up a routine where he knows it’s the same everyday. As soon as he gets home from school, maybe have a snack and chat time about his day, then homework time before play or electronics. (If he’s an active child, have a 15 minute outside time for running, jumping, etc as well) Then have an incentive to finish the homework. For example: If you get all your homework done before supper, you can have 30 minutes on the ipad, or a special treat, or stickers on a chart that lead to a bigger prize when it is completed. Find that thing you can dangle before him that would motivate him enough. Praise him every time he does a good job of getting right at it.

  6. I’ve written to you before. I could use your counsel and expertise on dealing with an older sibling or older child who just sees no reason to do homework or even try..

  7. Thank you Elizabeth! Glad you liked it. I’m with you on long overwhelming posts – I usually stop reading them about half-way through!

  8. Excellent post! Covers a lot of bases in a quick, easy-to-read, not overwhelming post! 🙂

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