Helpful Habits for Kids
Our children are continually forming habits, whether they are ones we want them to have or ones we'd rather not see them continue. Left to herself, my youngest grandgirl, sweet Jenny, might just continue eating sticks of butter at will. Somehow, though, I don't think her parents are going to allow that.
Back in the 19th century there was a common saying which goes like this:
Sow a thought, reap an act;Sow an act, reap a habit;Sow a habit, reap a character
We don't think much about an individual action, much less a thought, but when we repeat an action over and over, it becomes a habit, and summed up our actions create our character. As moms, habit training is a big part of what we do as we "train up our children in the way they should go." As we help our children develop good habits and godly character, we'll see huge benefits both in their lives and in our homes and beyond.
Back in January I had the privilege of speaking to our church's moms' group, Bloomingmoms, about training our children in helpful habits. I talked about some of the whys, hows, and whats of building habits, sharing some things that have been helpful to us and other things we have not done well so you can learn from our mistakes. Here's a link to the talk and handouts. (I don't like to hear myself talk, so I don't know how it sounds. I think it's about an hour long.)