Training our Children

We begin reading the section on Training in Sally Clarkson’s Ministry of Motherhood this week. What a treasure this book has been to re-read once again! Some books you just *have* to own, and this is right up there on the list. Planning for next year, I’m thinking quite a bit about the area of training. Math, reading and history already have their respective curricula sitting on a shelf. But training? That one’s all in here (you can see me pat my chest in the general-heart-vicinity, right?)

I don’t know about you, but I’m shy about meeting new people. I’d rather sit back and watch if I’m in a group of strangers. It takes decision and effort for me to step out and be friendly in order not to offend anyone! Our children feel the same way–some to an extreme. Children must be taught that hiding behind mom under the guise of “shyness” is actually disrespectful. It says, “You’re not important enough for me to overcome my own feelings to make the effort to meet you.” As I listen to Sally this morning, I’ve realized that I did much more of this type of training with my older children, and haven’t done nearly enough with those coming behind! Yup. Etiquette training, coming this fall to a dining room table near me!

Here’s Sally with some thoughts for you about training your children; what it means, what it looks like, and why you want to do it. Aren’t you grateful for wise women?

So much to work on! So little time! You can do it, mom. Especially in this area of teaching our children how to *behave,* the payoff will definitely be worth it! We might even find ourselves learning a few things in the process. Have a blessed day!

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