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 13 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 are learning that we don’t have to be perfect, or teach our children to be perfect. All we have to do is be the best we can be and model the best we can do for our babies.
We followed the initial teaching of value with activities to encourage babies to be confident, respectful, and good (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, what they were already being prior to our study that sometimes annoys the crap out of adults!, the introduction to work ethic in Proverbs 31:14 made sense. Creating value and work ethic in infancy by responding to an infant’s immediate cry sets our babies up for success. Teaching our preschoolers work ethic begins the success.
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.
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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 exempt. Investment comes in many forms. 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! Week 8 helps our babies discover that Godly women work. And work. And work. Doing something. It doesn’t matter what. They don’t have to be creative. They don’t have to sing. They don’t have to be handy. They just have to not be lazy. In addition to working early in the morning and diligently all day long, also work deep into the night (Proverbs 31: 18, 19). They must know they are strong from the week prior to understand they can handle their mountain of diligence. We added to their studies in Week 9 coaching them into giving. After working and working and working the most sacred thing our kiddos can be taught is to give.
Next we showed and modeled for our children. Instead of teaching THEM to do something…. we are showing them that we are working just as hard. They can rely on us. They can trust us. We prepare for them. We, as men and women of Christ, prepare. We used our preparations to show that we should fear nothing, we prepared, and our children will always be clothed and ready (Proverbs 31: 22,24,25). And then in week 12 we spent time observing and learning How A 2-year-old Prays (or any age child – your child) in Proverbs 31:23. Proverbs 31:24 was all about finding the artist in you.
According to Websters
According to the Holy Bible
- Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
- Hebrews 13:6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
- Hebrews 10:35-36 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
- Psalm 27:3 Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.
- Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Why must we be confident?
Confidence, or some people, is a learned skill… not an inherit character trait. We must be confident because everywhere we look people will be there to peer pressure us into things. We need to know right from wrong, and on topics that are clearly wrong stand faithfully in our mission to uphold the right. We must also teach our children this vital skill. They will need it today, tomorrow, in school, as a teen, and as married young adults! They will need this skill the rest of their lives.
- Hand Turkeys: What I’m Good At/Thankful Turkeys: Next month is November, what a better way to prepare than by making kid-crafted turkeys! How to posts coming soon! In the What I’m Good At Turkey, we used a toilet paper roll to be the turkey’s body and made feathers from card stock with our hands. We added feet to the bottom, and stuffed the paper roll with jiblets of paper where I wrote everything Kara told me she was good at: and that’s a lot of stuff! 🙂 With the Thankful Turkey’s, we used our feet and hands on $1 store plates to paint a plate for decoration. I then used sharpie to write on the bottom of the plate we are thankful for ______ and the person’s name we gifted the plate to 🙂
- Shape Hunt: I cut shapes of carstock and taped an M&M to each. I then taped the shape on the wall, floor, and bookshelf and asked Kara to find where they were in the house! She always felt so rewarded to find the right one. M&M’s have a way of talking to kids 😉
- Throwing Bags onto Numbers: I couldn’t find any beanbags, so instead we threw our bodies! I put 5 pillows on the floor and put a number on each pillow. Kara then jumped (or, she flew….) onto each number as I called it out. You can do more, or randomize, but she’s only recognizing numbers 1-5 so far.
- Texture Sticks: I LOVE THIS CONCEPT for my 8 month old. He is severely disabled, and we’ve now consistently got him bringing new objects to his face. For normally progressing children, it’s still great for their hands and fine motor skills to explore. I have to be super careful he doesn’t swallow anything, despite so far he doesn’t put them in his mouth, but it really opens him up to new textures, scents, and feelings. How to post coming up!
- Dance Party! ’nuff said!
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