Summer break has started at our house.
With my recent rotator cuff surgery, summer break look a little different than normal. I am home-bound and activity challenged as I am wearing a shoulder cradle immobilizer. So what do we do all day?
- I am trying to do a lot if computer work for school next year as well as for VBS and for 2 adult ladies book studies I am leading this summer.
- My oldest 2 girls are finishing up a couple of classes.
- We have started a couple of classes with my youngest 2 children. Next year I will be teaching 8 children at our little church school. That’s 7 different grade levels, although a few subjects are combined for a few of those grade levels. I need to study a couple new curriculum choices I am using this upcoming school year and also get ahead on a few subjects.
- Every morning, the three youngest children and I are listening to a section of Proverbs and then writing a thought down from what we heard. We follow along in our Bibles as it is being read by Uncle Rick. He also gives a short commentary for kids on the verses read,
- The girls are doing book studies with me once a week.
We know that the best way to disciple our children is to live out our Christian faith daily and speak about the things of Christ as we go about our everyday activities.
Even though discipleship should be a natural part of our everyday life, we can still proactively seek to disciple our children. This summer, I am doing that with a book study with the girls.
The oldest 2 girls are going to read I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist.
They are not too excited about this as there is a workbook and tests that accompany this book, but it can count for high school credit. I think it needs to be read and talked about together, and summer is the only time I have to that.
“Parents are either going to prepare their children to follow Christ or to follow the world.“
The younger girls are reading Lies Girls Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free.
I have a 12 year old and an 8 year old reading this book. When I initially looked at the book, I thought I would have to help my 8 year old, my 12 year old would be able to do the chapters on her own, and then we would meet together to talk about it,
It ended up that we all did the Introduction together. My 8 year old enjoyed it so much that she wanted to do chapter 1, so she and I did chapter 1 together. I then got called away on a phone call, and she kept going and did chapter 2 on her own!
Some of the topics are ones my girls are not dealing with right now, but they may one day. The book so far has talked about how Satan will lie to us like he did to Eve and how we cannot trust something the book calls “sticky” feelings, which are basically feelings that are not good and feelings that will not go away,
Middle school or the tween years are especially hard years for girls. There are a lot of emotions and many tears. I want my girls to be able to trust in their God and not their feelings.
“If we don’t teach our children to follow Christ, the world will teach them not to.“
What surprised me was how much my youngest daughter liked the book. She is my child who dislikes schoolwork and reading the most of all my kids.
Discipling your kids can be fun!
That’s what we’re finding out!
I am very glad that I got each girl their own book as they are supposed to mark in the books. The book, A Mom’s Guide to Lies Girls Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free, is also very helpful. I read the chapter that coincides with the girls’ chapter before we meet for discussion.
“We discipline our children not so that they will make us happy but so that they will serve Christ as adults.”
How are you discipling your children?
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