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Parenting Tidbit #1, Obeying

This is sarcastic, of course.  But there is almost always some truth to all sarcasm.  Finding that fine line can be tricky at times, eh?

My point in that slogan is this:  a parent may kindly and loving ask a child to do something with gentleness by “asking” but it doesn’t mean it’s an option for the child to say no.  It’s just out of courtesy that a parent might use the question format.  The child is generally expected to say “yes” or just do it unless it’s a ridiculous request in which the child should be able to respectfully respond in question.  I don’t ask my children to do something they cannot do or that would be dangerous or utterly gross and put them in a predicament where they would hate me for it.  Although, at this point, my kids have never shown such contempt or hate when instructed to do something.  They may question or reason but not in hate.  Hate is such a strong word and emotion that for a few years now I have cautioned my kids consistently about using that word callously.

Anyway, if I “ask” my children if they can get me some water, I’m asking out of gentleness.  I could very well demand but where’s the grace in that?  Either way, I know they’ll respond.  The latter may incite unnecessary fear or insecurity that just needn’t be.  Here’s to gracious parenting and joy in obedience!


Learn the Bible Books

My kids used this video to learn the books of the bible.  My youngest was just shy of 4 and my other daughter was 5 when they learned this.  It’s possible!  And fun!

It was awfully nice of the Bigsby Show to put my girls on their site.  You can see them at Bigsby News and see other things the show is up to on their official website.

It is awesome because it’s not some cheesy kids’ tune.  It’s actually enjoyable for adults too.  It reminds me of the Beatles style music.  It definitely helped me, and still does.  I hope you can learn something too!  Happy singing and learning!

‘Books of the Bible’ Song

Last year, in an effort to teach my kids to learn the books of the bible, I found this fabulous original song that is the best I’ve heard.  It didn’t take long, about a month, for both my girls, ages 6 and 4 years at the time, to learn it.

Here’s a link to my 4-year-old on my YouTube page, or here.  Here’s my 6-year-old on my YouTube page, or here.

Here is a link to them from the maker’s of the song

It’s such a wonderful reality from heaven when we are blessed from the fruit of our labors.  What a virtuous pursuit!  What a joy to hear such beauty from the mouth of babes!  I hope you enjoy it too!  To the glory of God.

Faith like a child…

…is tough for adults. Probably not much surprise there.

As I set out to run errands and take a little break from home school at home today, I’ll dub it a “field trip”.  I always seek to find ways to incorporate a lesson to be learned from daily life.  Since such is the case, I have come to the realization in recent years that learning shouldn’t stop after “school hours” and just about anything can be a “teaching moment”.   Life happens.  So does the opportunity to learn from it.  God’s wonders and creation is infinite and we will (or should) always seek to grow in understanding and knowledge till the day we pass.  I learned some lessons of my own today.

As one of our last stops today, I thought we could go to the mall and just let out some energy walking while window shopping. (I was good, “I” didn’t buy anything but my son did. I just paid for it for him with his money.)  On this “trip”, of course, our first stop was the pet store.  In it we learned a little about rodents, snakes, dogs, birds, and not least, store etiquette. My youngest at age 4 was happy just to be able to wander around in a large area.  The girls got to ride one of those mechanical toys, you know, you put in a quarter and it “jerks” (some pun intended) you around for about 1 minute.  So we had a mini carnival experience without emptying the bank.  They enjoyed climbing on them too.  I’m almost always up for some good, cheap (and clean is a plus for me) fun.

My middle child, who is my first daughter, is quite sweet and passionate.  One thing she is passionate about is spreading the gospel, which is the good news of Christ’s & the cross.  With no prompting from me, she decided when we were getting out of the van that she was going to bring her “scroll”, as she referred to it, which was the construction paper on which she wrote a verse from Galatians 5:1 at church a couple of Sundays ago.  My oldest son tried to warn her, maybe even deter her a little out of fear or embarrassment, which was surprising because he’s usually the first to evangelize. So there we are, walking through the mall, like a lion, she is prowling around ready to share the gospel.  Understandably, she is a bit nervous, having never shared the gospel on her own to strangers.  I kept telling her to just pick anyone but she asked me to pick the people and she would share her bible verse.  So I did, and then she did her part.  The first was a young lady who said she knew of the gospel and goes to church every Sunday.  So we (I) shared the gospel anyway, said our farewell greetings and went on our way.  KB (my daughter) was not satisfied.  She was hungry for more.

Our next victim, the guy in the hobby store.  KB was searching for another opportunity.  So I suggested the guy sitting at the register.  Again, she asked me to go with her.  So I complied. I asked the guy if we could share the gospel with him.  He declined.  And my daughter was dejected.  “CG was right,” she admitted sadly with her head low.  I confessed to her previously and again that it’s true, not everyone will want to hear the gospel.  Our nature is against God but that is why we must share the gospel and hope that God will have mercy by growing any seeds, by the work of the Holy Spirit, that we may have planted today.  So as we were approaching the exit doors of the mall, KB lagged behind, with sullenness.  I asked her what was wrong and she replied, “I wanted to share the gospel with more than one person.”  Bless her heart.  So we tagged the next guy that came through the doors as we were leaving.  Turns out he said he was a christian and he thanked and encouraged us to keep on.  I looked at her, smiled, and said something to the effect of “Well, he said he’s christian.”  She responded with a whisper of “I don’t really believe him.”  I had to encourage her in that since we can’t say for sure because we don’t know him, we have to take his word at face value.  We were able to share the gospel, and KB’s bible verse, with two other people before heading home.  I think she was then satisfied.  At least for today.

As much as it was against my sinful nature to shamelessly be so bold in sharing the gospel truth in such a straightforward manner, I didn’t want to crush my dear daughter’s zeal in evangelism. It also brought me back to the initial period of my faith conversion, you know, the time when you were so on “fire” that you couldn’t contain it and you felt like you had to tell everyone you came in contact with?  I wish it weren’t so.  Now all grown up, we have these “intelligent” ideas and diplomatic ways as to how to approach people about ‘sensitive’ issues like religion.  Hogwash.  Oh Jesus, help me to have the faith like a child!

Today’s lessons:

  • animals: reptiles, fish, birds
  • vocab: all the different species of animals, semi-aggressive, evangelism, evangelist
  • life skills: social etiquette in a store; obedience to authority; social etiquette in evangelism?  😉  courage-doing the right thing even when it’s scary and seemingly hard or embarrassing (I think that was a lesson more for mom);
  • bible: what is the gospel?;  to have faith like a child (that’s obviously for mom)

Matthew 18: 1) At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  2) And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them   3) and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  4) Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Signing time, 2 thumbs up, 5 stars!

I ventured on to this treasure find at our local library, Nampa public library that is.  And what a find this was!  I watched this dvd with my girls (5 & 3) as enjoyed it as much as they did.  Well, maybe they enjoyed it a little more.  The tunes were catchy, not too cheesy, as some children’s music can be.  The host, Rachel de Azevedo Coleman, does a great job at explaining the signs & expressions.  Her daughter, Leah, who was the inspiration for creating these dvds, is deaf and also plays a role on the series along with her cousin, Alex.  My girls now identify with the two kids like a household name.

The introduction song is fun and has become a part of one of those songs we just sing at random and can’t get out of your head.  It has also given me another teaching opportunity, the uniqueness of being deaf.  I don’t have a great knowledge of the deaf world except for the ASL (American Sign Language) is the universal language for the deaf; that one’s other senses become more sensitive to accommodate for the loss of hearing;  But I pretend not to know the challenges of dealing with deafness.  But in that also, there’s still room for blessing.  My 5 year old is a very curious cat (and please don’t say it’s going to kill her) so she’s constantly asking questions and very eager to learn new things.   So we had a nice discussion about what it might be like to be deaf, what life would be like and how we could adapt.  I use it particularly as a elective homeschooling tool.  It’s great.

I bought the whole set for a great deal on  I definitely recommend it as an educationally fun addition to your dvd collection!   May God continue to bless them, protect them, and may they know the Lord who gives life to all.

Signing Time Season 2: Vols. 4-7

Categories: Educational, Homeschool