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Parenting Tip

December 26, 2013

A Lesson in Honor

Honor changes kids, but sometimes it’s hard to communicate its importance to children. One way that you can teach honor is by modeling it as you extend hospitality to others.

We live in a compartmentalized society. Many of the entertainment options today decrease interaction between people and leave them feeling lonely. It’s an honor to be invited over for dinner or for an evening of games and activities.

Opening your home is an excellent way to extend grace and honor to others and it’s good for your kids. Talk with your children about who you’re going to invite and why. Plan the evening together and talk about how you’ll treat your guests as special. Afterwards, talk about how things went and emphasize the positive things that happened and how you all worked together to show honor to others.

1Peter 4:9 gives an interesting command to believers. “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” Use that verse before, during, and after to help your children understand the benefits of honoring others.

So, who can you invite over this week? Not only will you bless others, but also you’ll be blessed yourself. And your kids are always watching and learning.

This parenting tip is taken from the book, Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes, In You and Your Kids, by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN.

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