By Patti Henderson
Every evening prior to she is going to sleep, a kangaroo prays lower than the celebrities for a child to like and carry. sooner or later, as she rests below a tree, a child chook falls out of its crowded nest—plop!—right into her pouch!
Now, each evening sooner than they doze off, Momma-Roo and toddler thank God for all their advantages . . . yet specially for every other.
The booklet closes with a quote from Ephesians 1:5: “In love he destined us for adoption to himself. . . .”
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Another thing we wish is that we had been more transparent with our children from a much younger age. As parents, we believed that we shouldn’t let our kids ever see that we had faults, that we struggled, or that we could be hurt emotionally. While there are some areas where our children really shouldn’t see us sweat—like our kids should never think it is a challenge for us to handle them and their behavior—at the same time, they could have learned a great deal by going through things with us rather than always being shielded from them.
They are encouraged and expected to do their best in whatever they are doing. Constructive Use of Time 1. They have regular unstructured time to play and create. 2. They spend two or fewer nights a week outside of the home. 3. They take part in community programs outside of the home. 4. They are part of a religious community. I nternal Assets Commitment to Learning 1. They are motivated to master the skills they are being taught. 2. They actively engage in opportunities to learn. indd 32 4/14/14 12:23 PM Building Better Kids 33 3.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks of modern society is that our pace of life often leaves parents feeling at least a little negligent, and thus a little guilty that we haven’t spent more time with our children. There are many things we may do to overcome that guilt. For example, when we make the time to be with them, especially when they are young, the last thing we want to do is spend that time correcting or disciplining them. Add to that the ease with which young children are appeased, manipulated, intimidated, or bribed into submission, and you will see the beginning of the trend we have today.