Having an inquisitive three year old kid can sometimes be stressful for a work from home mom like me. But I knew that I have got to get around this issue somehow, taking care not to put a halt to a child’s hardworking mind. This is why parenting tips like those of Biblical Parenting, really come in handy.
I pick up some tips and customize it to fit how my son’s personality and figure out from the output if he is responding positively or otherwise. I love this ride to motherhood. It must be one of the most rewarding roles ever.
One of their more interesting topics is working on definitions with my son. The best time for learning is when the child’s mind is open, just like when he is in his ever inquisitive mood or even during times when he is trying to figure things out, playing with words.
As of late, we have been doing some word plays. Nope, nothing like the word annuities or anything technical. Just simple words that he gets to encounter everyday. Like Obedience, Honor, Attentiveness, Patience, et. al.
Here are simple working definitions from Biblical Parenting that will not only prove to be child friendly, but very practical as well. Â And practical is a word that we need to take note of when dealing with children – going into specifics, telling them straightforward what are expected of them, et. al.
Obedience is doing what someone says, right away, without being reminded.
Honor is treating people as special, doing more than what’s expected, and having a good attitude.
Perseverance is hanging in there even after you feel like quitting.
Attentiveness is showing people you love them by looking at them when they say their words.
Patience is waiting with a happy heart.
Self-discipline is putting off present rewards for future benefits.
Gratefulness is being thankful for the things I have instead of grumbling about the things I don’t have.
I use each word whenever a circumstance calls for it. It will be no use flooding a child with all these working definitions if he will not be able to relate to it right away. Character building starts here, from the home -from parent to child, through these simple and practical exercises.
I usually have mothers come to me, frustrated about how hard it is to get their children to listen and obey. It is always my joy to be able to encourage them towards the learnings that the Lord has been revealing to me as a hands on mother. One step at a time, the road might be rough time and again but with your vision and mission intact and the manual of life as your reference, things can only get better. If not the best, as the Lord wills it.