Jesus most frequently taught His children by allowing them to experience the natural consequences for their actions and then used this as a teaching moment.
So how do we do this in our homes? How do we let our children learn these real world lessons by experiencing the consequences for the choices they make? Here are some examples of things you might try:
- Let our kids go off to school without their coats so they can experience what cold and wet feel like without a coat. The next day they will be searching for their own coat.
- Letting our kids go hungry one day because they forgot their lunch. It won’t kill them and they will get it.
- Letting our kids take responsibility for doing their homework. They will whine about getting a bad grade because they didn’t do it or forgot it, but you will be free from years of nagging them.
- Letting our kids spend their allowances whenever they want. If they are broke long before another allowance day comes, they will learn from it.
I know how hard it is to see our kids suffer consequences and we want to come in a rescue them as a ‘good’ mom or dad, but we are stealing from them the opportunities to learn when they are young and the consequences are small.
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