Proverbs can move mountains! Want to make a difference? Be the difference! They always say if there is a topic you want to read about, go to the Bible. Porn? Bible. Good deeds? Bible. Heros? Bible. Murder? Bible. In this chapter, men learn how to be Godly men and Godly women. Learn how to be Confident, and teach your children confidence.
We introduced our study 7 weeks ago week briefly recapping the Proverbs 31’s introduction. We started a curriculum, with resources, to help parents teach children that they are worth more than rubies (31:10). We followed that teaching with activities to encourage your babies with confidence, respect, and goodness (31:11-12) and then moved toward our Proverbs 31:13 Eager as a Beaver week. Once our children were aware it was okay and encouraged to be eager every single day of their lives, the introduction to work ethic in Proverbs 31:14 will influence the rest of their lives! It is important as parents that our children are aware women and men are both equally valuable (Proverbs 31:15), and understand that everyone has a role in the homestead of equal importance. Speaking of roles in the homestead, it is a-okay for both men and women to work and invest in their family (Proverbs 31:16), and no one, should be excepted. Parents, did you remind your babies in Week 7 how strong they are? Our lads, and our ladies are so strong, and Proverbs 31:17 reminds us how critical it is they know it!
She knows her trading, her work, and her successes are good and pure. The virtuous woman, a proverbs 31 woman, knows her performance and products she produces are good. She is in constant search to do good, make good, and succeed. Two weeks ago we talked about how she invested in herself (the Bible wife invested in a vineyard) and was committed (last week’s lesson) to completing the work, no matter how hard, to find success and bring confidence in her plan. The virtuous woman is not full of self-doubt and despair. She puts her mind into her work, and completes it no matter how much work it takes.
Girls are learning about the virtuous woman to be the best she can be. Our boys are learning about the virtuous woman, therefore learning how to make themselves better as well. This week, in particular, is the epitome of children needing to follow a strong example. It is up to us parents to be the great example!
As a mother, as a Christian mother, I believe the #1 way to instill a hard work ethic and encourage my children to appreciate their own successes in confidence, is to model the behavior. If I slack, they’ll slack. If I work hard, they’ll see that.
Beyond this inital modeling, ways to encourage our toddlers to be confident and work hard include:
- Allowing them to experience sports and pursue ones they cherish
- Set forth rules, enforce them consistently, and discuss them frequently
- Expect them to do work that is not always fun (room cleaning, trash, obeying, etc)
- Help them explore passions they adore; #sayyescampaign (coming soon!)
- Allow and require self-time and independent work (quiet books, coming soon!)
- When your baby and toddler give a cue, respond to it! It teaches them early on that they are worth something, worth your time, and deserve being listened to! (my attachment style, coming soon)
- Sign Language for toddlers is a great frustration-free activity to encourage bonding and simplify communication for parents and youngsters (check out Rachel’s blog teaching sign language on Periscopes every Friday!)
- Encourage your babies to reference people by their names
- Teach your children yes sir and no ma’am all the time, not just in trouble times
- Delete labels! Do not refer to your active-daughter as ADD. Do not refer to your CP baby boy as CP Son. Refer to them as your energetic daughter and your brilliant boy. Use their whole to create a description; not their ailment
- Give your children chores and expectations.
- Again, listen to your children and do not put reservations on what they’re allowed to tell you ❤ From fish to hamburgers, passions to parties…. if it is important to your toddler, it is important to be heard.
- Letter N Coloring Printable
- Noah’s Letter Decorations: Kara’s brother’s name is Noah… so in discussion of letter N (and therefore O, A, and H as well which was an excellent review of two of those letters!) we chose the fabric to order that should be here in a couple of weeks to add to his bedroom letters! Kara has a blast picking “foxes” and “christmas trees!” (He’ll have a woodland theme).
- Weaving: Several weeks ago we spent time weaving a basket for our special project these 19 weeks, and we have spent the last several weeks filling our basket with goodies. Today, We followed Lisa’s Tutorial for finger weaving! I’m super excited to show you what we will be doing with these Kara’s finger woven strips!
- Letter N Lacing Cards: Lacing cards are so super important for fine motor skills. So today we laced with Letter N Cards, learning about the N sound in nest, nut, nails, and nose. Simply print them out on card stock and hole punch the red dots!
- Popcorn and a Book After Dark: Enough said. We talked *ALLL DAY* about this activity and why we were doing it. We didn’t do a movie because that isn’t “work.” Any activity would work, we just chose reading extra books because it fit into our bedtime routine, even if we stayed up much later than usual to do it. I allowed her to stay up late because women of God work after the sun goes down!
- Shape Tracing Salt Tray: Simple enough! Dump a canister of salt in a container and use your finger to trace letters that you’ve learned in the past 8 weeks!
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