- Don’t spoil me. I know quite well that I ought not to have all I ask for … I’m only testing you.
- Don’t be afraid to be firm with me. I prefer it .. it makes me feel more secure.
- Don’t correct me in front of people if you can help it. I’ll take much more notice if you talk to me in private.
- Don’t make me feel that my mistakes are sins. It upsets my sense of values.
- Don’t be too upset if I say “I hate you.” It isn’t that I hate you, but only that I need your attention.
You spend years trying to get them off the ground. You run with them until you are both breathless. They crash … they hit the roof … you patch, comfort and assure them that someday they will fly.
Finally, they are airborne. They need more string, and you keep letting it out. They tug, and with each twist of the twine, there is sadness that goes with joy.
The kite becomes more distant, and you know it won’t be long before that beautiful creature will snap the lifeline that binds you together and will soar as meant to soar … free and alone.
A kid’s life is like a piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a mark.
I tried to teach my kid with books
He only gave me puzzled looks
I tried to teach my kid with words
They passed him by often unheard
Despairingly I turned aside
“How shall I teach this kid ?” I cried
Into my hand, he put the key
“Come, he said, play with me.”
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- Be a mentor to a boy without a father through Big Brother or some other agency
- Contact your local junior or senior high school to tutor a needy child
- Teach Sunday School
- Become a leader in Awana, Pioneer Clubs, or Adventure Club
- Meet one-on-one weekly, with a boy in your church or neighborhood who doesn’t have a father in the home
- Become a leader in Boy Scouts or Cub Scouts
- Coach Little League or some other sport
- Volunteer to work with needy children in an inner city ministry
I recently read with interest about some recent research by the MacArthur Foundation into the use of the internet involving 800 children and their parents over a period of three years.
Source: Facebook, MySpace Beneficial To Teens by By Mike Sachoff
While the internet most definitely has lurking dangers hidden behind many of the links, not to mention porn, predators, malware, misleading and outright untrue information, unsavory groups and more, there are also some very real benefits to children.
Here are some of the conclusions:
Train up a kid in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Prov. 22:6 KJV)
It has been reported that Susannah Wesley, the mother of John Wesley spent one hour each day praying for her 17 kid.
In addition, she took each child aside for a full hour every week to discuss spiritual matters.
No wonder two of her sons, Charles and John, were used of God to bring blessing to all of England and much of America:
John Wesley is listed as #50 of the greatest Britons of all time.
- He is credited, along with his brother Charles Wesley, as founding the Methodist movement.
- If you feel far away from God, guess who moved?
- Fear knocked. Faith answered. No one was there.
- What you are is God’s gift to you. What you become is your gift to God.
- I am God’s melody of life and He sings His song through me.
- We can never really go where God is not, and where He is, all is well.
- In the end everything will be OK. If it’s not ok, then it’s not the end yet.
- No matter what is happening in your life, know that God is waiting for you with open arms.
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Form groups of three. Based upon different criteria one person will be told to “get lost” To begin, have children alphabetize their first names and tell the person with his/her name closest to “A” to “Get lost!” Those who are told to get lost must quickly join a different pair. The last person to reach a pair AND the two people in that pair are eliminated from the game. Then tell children to find out from each other when they were born. Direct the oldest and youngest in each trio to tell the middle child to “get lost!” As before, new trios are formed and the last person to reach a pair and the remaining pair are eliminated. Continue to play with new criteria for getting lost until only one trio survives. Then you tell this trio that for being so cut-throat competitive that they must all “Get Lost!”