BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN YOUR KIDS

Growing a Healthy Family

"It takes wisdom to have a good family, and it takes understanding to make it strong." Pr. 24:3 (NCV)

Review: 4 Responsibilities of Parents

1. Prepare your kids for life

2. Protect your kids in storms

3. Play with your kids for fun

4. Point your kids to God

HOW TO BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOUR KIDS

1. ACCEPT THEIR UNIQUENESS .

"God works through different people in different ways..." 1 Cor. 12 6

"Each person should judge his own actions and not compare himself with others. Then he can be proud for what he himself has done" Gal. 6:4 (NCV)

"…Love does not demand its own way..." l Cor. 13 5 (LB)

"Train a Child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." Prov. 22,6 (NIV)

2. AFFIRM THEIR VALUE

"You made my whole being, You formed me in my mother's body. I praise you because You made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What You have done is wonderful." Ps. 139: 13-14 (NCV)

HOW?

Attention (focus, meal time).

Affection (hugs, love)

Appreciation (let them know how you feel)

"A word of encouragement does wonders, " Pr. 12 25 (LB)

3. TRUST THEM WITH RESPONSIBLITY

"Whoever can be trusted with a little can also be trusted with a lot.. And if you cannot be trusted with things that belong to someone else, who will give you things of your own?" Luke 15 10 &12 (NCV)

"We are each responsible for our own conduct" Gal. 6:5 (NLT)

4. CORRECT THEM WITHOUT CONDEMNING THEM

"Correct your children while there is still hope, do not let them destroy themselves." Pr. 19:18 (NCV)

"If you refused to discipline your son, it proves you don't love him..."' Pr. 13:24 (LB)

"Don't keep on scolding and nagging your children, making them angry and resentful. Rather, bring them up with the loving discipline with suggestions and godly advice" Eph. 6:4 (LB)

"Don't use harmful words… use only helpful words, the kind that build up.." Eph. 4:29 (GN)

5. LOVE THEM UNCONDITIONALLY

"Be kind and loving to each other, forgiving each other just as God forgave you in Christ." Eph. 4:32 (NIV)

"If you love someone… you will always believe in him, and always expect the best of him." 1 Cor. 13:7 (LB)

"Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything." 1 Cor 13:7 (Ph)

A Parents Prayer

"I will try to walk a blameless path, but how I need Your help, especially in my own home, where I long to act as I should." Ps. 101:2 (LB)