Instilling virtue in our children can be pretty serious business. After all, the adult world is a competitive place, and we want kids to be prepared.
Unfortunately, the desire to raise our children can lead to harsh standards that smother them. At report card time, a nearly straight-A student may be asked why they didn’t get that one grade a little higher. Or a teenager who displays the slightest sign of irresponsibility may get a 15-minute lecture.
Most parents don’t desire to be harsh. They just don’t have the parenting tools they need to motivate their children in positive ways. Instead of stern faces and endless lectures, what if you could teach your children important virtues with a smile and a laugh?
The good news is you can – and we’re talking about how on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Fun Ways to Instill Virtue in Your Children” with author Courtney DeFeo. She shares fun ways to instill your children’s character with important virtues, like the following:
In the midst of a busy life, how do you effectively pass on important virtues to your children?
Courtney shares in modern terms why the most tried-and-true method is still the one described in Deuteronomy 6:7: “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
Hear my conversation with Courtney on “Fun Ways to Instill Virtue in Your Children” on your local radio station, online, on Apple Podcasts, via Google Podcasts, or take us with you on our free phone app.
Before I close, I’d like to extend an invitation for you to become a special partner with us through our monthly “Friends of Focus on the Family” program. When you do, I’ll send you a copy of Courtney DeFeo’s book In This House We Will Giggle: Making Virtues, Love, and Laughter a Daily Part of Your Family Life as a way of saying thank you for touching others with the love of Christ. To make your pledge, or for more information, click here or call 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).