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Proverbs 31, Week 4: Why Should Loving Parents Coach a Child’s Work Ethic?

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 three weeks ago week briefly recapping the Proverbs 31’s introduction. We then began sharing a curriculum and resources to teach our children that they are worth more than rubies (31:10). The second week, we taught you how to teach your babies to grow into adults with confidence, respect, and goodness (31:11-12) and followed that with Proverbs 31:13 Eager as a Beaver week.

proverbs 31.14

Deep and wide, deep and wide, there are fountains flowing deep and wide! This children’s Bible song comes from a story in the 4th chapter of John. Jesus is sitting by a fountain when a Samaritan woman happens to come. Jesus asks the woman for water but has nothing to put the water in. In conversation, Jesus tells the woman that his fountain will never stop flowing if she takes the water he has instead of the typical water he needs.

This week, in addition to reminding our children they are more valuable than rubies, confident and important human beings, and that Christ-like adults are eager beavers, it is important to teach children things are not always easy. Sometimes, they must work extra hard or travel extra far to accomplish the work they set out to accomplish.  Come, join us! For free printable, conversation topics, and activities that challenge our children of all ability levels.




  • Coloring Sheets for Proverbs 31:14
  • Coloring Wooden Blocks: I tell you here how we We used Seargent Art Liquid Water Colors to color our dollar store wooden blocks. I chose this activity because while it is not related to food or maps (bringing food from afar) it gives Kara an opportunity to start the week off right: helping mommy, wanting to listen and obey, all while enjoying it! Being water colors, it is okay for it to be bit messy.
  • Topics of Conversation: Why do we listen to our mommies and daddies? God says you must listen to mommy and daddy, but why do you want to? Why do you not want to? Do you know why mommy asks you to do things?

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  • Maps: We talk this week about searching far for food, the hard labor and dedication to select good food to nourish our families. We cook food, we shop for food… what does a two year old know about distance? My best guess is kids that have flown at window seat have the best collection of distance. They can physically see the ground leaving their feet. My two year old has never flown. So, today we started learning the states of our country on a US Map. I stole the concept from Grasping for Objectivity. Her idea seriously works, yawl. I’m typing this on Thursday, and we’ve done four 3-minute sessions. She knows four states: Hawaii, Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio!
  • Topics of Conversation: What is a place? Where do we live? Where did Jesus live? Where does He live now? Where do you like going? How far away is that place? What would you do to get to where you want to be? What do you want to be? Whatever it is, it isn’t easy. It will be very hard, but I will help you get there with hard work.


  • Cooking for Someone in Need: We actually chose someone who is important in our life who recently suffered a loss of a dear friend. We cooked her Kara’s favorite meal for them, Root Beer BarbQue Chicken, and hand-delivered it. Kara got to stir in the sauce!
  • Spending Dedicated Time to Change Someone’s Life: We also spent quality time with the family. I was careful to not overstay our welcome, as this is a super difficult time in their lives. But, I tried to show Kara that being friendly and offering support is sometimes all that we can do when there is nothing we can do.
  • Topics of Conversation: Why did we cook the meal from scratch? Why did we not just go pick up fast-food or a frozen dinner select? Wasn’t it harder and more time consuming for us to cook? What is important, and why do we invest in people? What is an investment? We literally took someone food from afar. We drove 30 minutes to deliver a meal to someone who needed compassion. What is compassion?cooking for christ proverbs 31:14


  • Letter Coloring Sheets: G&H
  • We used Grimm’s Blocks (Look at Monday’s activity for instructions on how to make them) again today for patterns. Patterns are all around us, and critical in the learning of a child. My daughters favorite current show is UmiZoomie, and they are obsessed with patterns. It was simple, I just laid out a pattern of colors – whatever popped in my head – and Kara matched her blocks to that that I put down. Then she tried to guess the next color.
  • Topics of Conversation: how are they in our lives every day? Talk about behavior patterns and introduce the word Character. Romans teaches us that hardships create endurance. Endurance creates patterns. Patterns create character. And character helps us reach salvation. I explained to Kara today how always being good and always being bad makes us have good and bad habits and good and bad character. I know all of my bed time 30 second chats are doing good, even if she doesn’t understand it all at once. Because when my husband yelled at the dog, Kara was quick to call out “Character daddy, character!” A starting block for the rest of her life ❤ It sounded a bit more like “kick her” than Character; but she’s trying!



  •  A trip to the park! Every kid needs to get out and about, especially ones who aren’t in preschool or other continuous engagements. Social interaction is so important, and presents to many opportunities for Character Building. I don’t force Kara to share, never have. But, 90% of the time… she just does.
  • Topics of Conversation: What friends did you make today at the park? What did God make at the park? Trees? Lakes? Grass? Sky? Sun? He made it so you could play in it and enjoy it. He made it so you can be the best person you know how to be. He made it so we could make people’s lives better. You did good today, and you were so nice to all the babies at the park.


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How to Use Water Beads to Teach the Love of Christ

What are Water Beads?

Water beads are quite popular on the Pinterest boards now a days, and I love it ! I plan to write an entire series on Biblical Water Bead activities for preschoolers, but until then… lets summarize! My absolute favorite blog post out there on water beads currently is over at Artful Parent. Jean does an absolute excellent job explaining where to get beads (Amazon not yet hydrated, Dollar Tree hydrated), how to prepare beads, and several different activities to play with them. Additionally, Play Dr. Hutch posted an exceptionally high quality listing of posts over the internet that have additional activities for water beads.



How Do I Make My Daughter’s First Bead Experience a Godly One

Honestly, I wasn’t too strict with her. With any new texture or experience, a child may react as expected or completely off the charts. We started by learning two important things about beads:

♦ 1. These things bounce on ANY surface, and keep bouncing. A lot.
♦ 2. They are so slippery!


We are studying the letters E and F this week, so playing “fish” in the beads lead us to creating a water habitat. How many two year olds know that the term “habitat” means where things live? Oh yeah, that’s right… mine! (so proud).  However, playing these beads really opened up a strong opportunity for me to talk about God in our third week of Proverbs 31 for Preschoolers’ Study!


Talk about the Beads

  • Color: You can find water beads in any color you wish, practically. Our beads were blue and clear/white. Blue is calming, healing, and soothing. Do we really need to explain how this relates to Christ and studying His word? Blue is also said to increase creativity and thought. White on the other hand represents cleanliness, purity, and hope. We all know in home remodeling white and other light colors make us feel more open and large in a small-square-footed room. Due to a freak accident Kara had months ago, she understands what blood and booboos are. When we placed her shrimp under the clear beads, she told me that the beads got hurt (blood). This was the perfect opportunity to discuss how Jesus shed blood to save us.
  • Elasticity: These things bounce. Let me repeat. These. Things. Bounce. And Bounce. And Bounce. And Bounce. Then, they bounce some more. How many times can we bounce back into the loving arms of Christ? We might slip and fall onto the floor a thousand times (please don’t do what I did and drop the container of beads…. you will have thousands on the floor!), but we can always bounce right back up!
  • Activities we can Play: You can always find some animals like we did and a boat to play Noah’s Ark. You can always find a toy whale and play Jonah and the Whale. A den of Lion’s needs a watering hole. Moses floating down the river. The red sea. The list goes on! Tons of scenes you can act out with your child.
  • Eager as a Beaver (Proverbs 31:13): In any of the activities you choose (there is a great list in either of the two links shared at the beginning of the thread), talk to your children about participating eagerly and wanting, being excited to participate and work alongside of you. Men and Women of God are eager to perform the work they perform. They are positive.


Our Adventure







What are your favorite ways to play with water beads?

Proverbs 31, Week 3: 3 Reasons To Teach Children that they are Entitled

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 three weeks ago week briefly recapping the Proverbs 31’s introduction. We then began sharing a curriculum and resources to teach our children that they are worth more than rubies (31:10). The third week, we taught you how to teach your babies to grow into adults with confidence, respect, and goodness (31:11-12). Now we continue our walk with Jesus in our Proverbs study discussing eagerness and readiness.

proverbs 31.13


Three Reasons My Children Are Entitled

There are three things my children are entitled to: the pursuit of happiness, life, and liberty. No one  has the right to take away their ability to look for happiness, no one has a right to take away their lives, and no one has a right to tell them they cannot think or say how they feel.  Ten months ago, I wrote a blog titled Why I’m Okay With My Daughter Telling Me No. I am still okay with her, and eventually my son, telling me no at times, her feelings are important to me. They will be reminded of this daily.

That said, my children are entitled to nothing else. They are not entitled to new shoes every month, allowances, a car on their sixteenth birthday, or makeup at twelve. They cannot opt out of rules in sports and school because they don’t like them. They cannot act inappropriately just because. They do not get a want from the store just because I buy my other child a need. It is not appropriate to take everything in sight that is free just because it is there.  It is my job to teach them to earn their statuses in society without loosing themselves, appreciate and develop their personal values in a way that honors themselves, and understand who and why they want to become whomever they may want to become.

This week, in addition to reminding our children they are more valuable than rubies, confident and important human beings, we are teaching our children that they must work eagerly and excitedly to develop and grow into a strong Christ-like adult. They must work to achieve what is expected of them. Come, join us! For free printables, conversation topics, and activities that challenge our children of all ability levels.




  • Proverbs 31 Coloring Sheet Week 3
  • Eager as a Beaver Building: Build with whatever types of blocks you have. Waldorf color cubes can be super fun to make, and Fun At Home with Kids has a great tutorial of how to make them. I tried with acrylic colors; just follow her tutorial – acrylics look terrible! Because our attempt at Waldorf colored blocks failed, and therefore we will be trying again, we used our spindle blocks to make a beaver dam, pillows and blankets to build a tent, and dollar store cubes to build an animal zoo.
  • Topics of Conversation: Children get excited when they please their parents; at least, mine do. They also get really proud of their own creations. Kara is a very independent two year old that enjoys building by herself. There are plenty of activities she enjoys doing with me, but usually blocks are a great independent choice for her. Today, sitting down with her I really learned a lot about my two year old. Discuss with your child what you notice about their qualities. Kara and I talked about how diligently she placed each block, how quietly she snapped each piece together, and how precisely she stacked pillows. Unlike our other discussions that usually occur in the evenings after story time… today’s discussions occurred while we were building. We talked about why I was proud of her hard work, and how excited I was that she was eager!IMG_0284blogIMG_0288blog



  • Make a Card to go with our gift
  • Kind as a Kangaroo: Kara hand-selected her ribbons, chose her own stickers. Then she baked cookies for the neighbor and we hand delivered them together.
  • Topics of Conversation: Why are hand-made gifts so important? Why did we take cookies to the neighbor? Why did I let her pick her color choices for the container we delivered the cookies in? Kara is really good at Who, What, How questions. We are working on When and Why; today focused on asking her why these things we did were important and why she made the choices she made.


  • Busy as a Bee: We sorted bug beads into colors and shapes. We counted the beads. We put them in playdoh, and put them into the shape of each letter A-F.
  • Calm Down Bottle: I first saw Calm Down Bottles at Mess For Less about 8 months ago. I think they are a great idea, and can prove to be quite the entertainment for a bottle of water! For our bottle, we filled it up 1/3rd of the way with Canola Oil and Essential Oils (Roman Chamomile), and finished filling the rest of the way with water as I’m not a fan of the yellow color. We placed our bug beads, buttons, and lots of glitter in the bottle and hunted each item.
  • Topics of Conversation: What did we do today? What shapes do you know? Why did we count the bees? Do you love every single bee and every single bug? Jesus loves all of us! Remember when you got upset and we lost the bee under the couch? Jesus finds us when we get lost too! Why? Because we are all more valuable than rubies, important, good, and eager as beavers to get back to Him!



  • Letter E & F Coloring & Identification
  • Cookie Sheet & Magnet Letters: I let her use all the magnets she wanted, but we purchased Melissa & Doug’s Animal magnets and used them to match with the appropriate letter A-F.
  • Topics of Conversation: What is special about magnets? Magnets create an attraction two unlike things bringing them close together. Jesus is our magnet, and brings us closer to Jesus. Kara’s favorite song is Jesus Loves Me. Earlier today, she got in trouble for climbing. She cried when I corrected her, and asked to sing Jesus Loves Me. Tonight I reminded her that she will never stray far from her daddy, me, or Jesus because her magnet will always bring her back to us.


  • Basket Weaving: The perfect fine motor and hand eye coordination for my two year old. We used shiny tinsel pipe cleaners and a $1 store basket that was once gifted to us. Plus, we kept the basket to later gift a gift to a person in an upcoming week’s lesson 😉
  • Topics of Conversation: What are your ideas for what we can use the basket for? What are your ideas for what you can put in the basket? Who can we give it to? Why is it important for us to think about others, and do things for others? Why do we give on ordinary days, when nothing special is going on?

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Proverbs 31: This Will Make You Develop Confidence

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 two weeks ago week briefly recapping the first 10 verses into a sentence or two, and last week began the study teaching our children that they are worth more than rubies (31:10). This week, we continue teaching our babies about confidence, respect, and goodness (31:11-12) in addition to reminding them their value: always worth more than rubies.


If we as parents do not teach our children to be confident in themselves, how can we expect them to eventually deserve a spouse who confides in them, trusting their judgement and faith. A child must learn who they are as an individual before completing another individual. Kids are going to be kids, but it is important to me as a mom that not only do children know right from wrong, but want to be right and good.

Join us this week and snag your free printables and conversation topics as we explore Proverbs 31:11 & 12.




  • Week Two Proverbs 31 Coloring Sheet
  • Letter D Coloring and Decorating Page
  • Topics of Conversation: Target emotions. My examples are with my husband and I since we are together, but if you are single find another strong relationship in your child’s life to model.) Are mommy and daddy nice to eachother? Are they happy together? When do they get sad? What does mommy do to make daddy happy? Do mommy and daddy spend time together? What makes mommy mad? What makes mommy better when mommy is mad (forgiveness?)



  • Make a Craft for Someone Sick or Special – we made a card for little brother. He was hospitalized: a piece of construction paper, paint dot markers, glitter, and glitter glue made Kara feel like she was really helping him get better and helped a two year old find a voice to put someone else needs above her own.
  • M & M Letter D Activity – M&M’s are GREAT for beginning Patterns!!! Red, Blue, Red, Blue, Red, Blue. Whatever combinations you like! I used paint dots and let Kara pick two colors. She picked Blue & Yellow. I dotted them alternating colors in the shape of a D. Then she matched the correct color M&M to each dot. This entertained her long enough that I decided she’d eaten too many M&Ms! SUCCESS!
  • Topics of Conversation: What makes us more valuable than rubies? What makes us good? We care about other people (talk about why you chose the person you chose to make something special for). We see peoples differences and similarities (talk about how the M&M’s are all different but the same).


  • Dinosaur Habitat
    I love the Dino Habitat, and so does my 2 year old! It’s cheap to make $3 or less, introduces the letter D in a fun and exciting way, and provides us parents an opportunity (see Conversations topics for today).
  • Name Recognition – we made one painted canvas and three posters with Kara’s name on them. We put one on the fridge, one above her bed, one on the back of the front door, and one above her toy chest. We will keep practicing her name and finding her name in the house over and over again. When she identifies them all, I plan to move their locations. When she still finds them, I plan to change how I write them and display them. It teaches her to recognize her name, without adding more “book time” to our daily routine.
  • Topics of Conversation: We learned about the letter D today; what is special about the letter D? It is continuous. Like a circle, it has no ending point, it never stops. God is always changing us and always lets us circle back to Him. Habitats are fun to play with. In our dino habitat with this clean mud mixture, the entire scenery is pliable and mold-able. It is constantly changing. Like we learned with the celery, our surroundings change us. But, our surroundings also provide for us if we choose carefully. Some dinosaurs choose to live near trees to use their leaves for food. Some dinosaurs choose to live in the rocks and mountains for shelter. Our surroundings are valuable to us, and we are valuable to our surroundings. We are more valuable than rubies. You are more valuable than rubies. And if you choose your surroundings confidently and carefully, you will always be value and goodness to those around you.



  • Pony Bead Sun Catcher – Kara had a 102 fever all day, so we had to skip today’s lesson. My original idea was to put pony beads, or rainbow tinted clear beads, into a cookie cutter while filling the metal (dollar store) cookie cutter with glue. After the glue dries, remove the cookie cutter frame and hang in sunlight. I will update this post with a blog of its own once we have a chance to do this activity again later in our Proverbs study.
  • Counting D’s! Cut letter D’s out of a magazine. Have child recognize the letter and then count out how many you’ve cut.
  • Topics of Conversation: What do you think the suncatcher will look like tomorrow in the sunlight? Do you think it will be pretty? All the different shades of color sparkling, will they light up the entire figure and shine like rubies? They’ll look really pretty. But you made it. You made it pretty and that makes you valuable and of more value than rubies.


  • A day of water! We put our plastic letters in the pool with us and letter scrambled off and on for almost four hours. After a sick day yesterday, she needed rest and fun.
  • Topics of Conversation: Why is rest important? Why is water important? Did Dinosaurs need water earlier in the week in their habitats, like we needed water today? Remind our children that they are more valuable than rubies and also that they are good and confident. They do not bring harm to others, but help them instead.


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Proverbs 31: You Are Worth More Than Rubies

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.


We introduced our study last week briefly recapping the first 10 verses into a sentence or two. Over the next 19 weeks, we’ll be dissecting some of these verses and spending an entire week on each verse teaching our babies some of the most important things they’ll ever learn.

proverbs 31:10

A piggy bank really is a child’s treasure chest. It collects all their valuables and tangible worth. If your child is anything like my 2 year old, they have lots of treasures…. from balls of fuzz to collections of bugs and leaves. I know Kara can go outside and hunt for the perfect blade of grass for half an hour! A child’s precious heart treasure each collection equally. They also love and treasure what they observe mommy and daddy investing time in. My daughter {loves} grabbing my phone that is attached to my hand. Imagine that being a Bible! Would you daughter steal it too? Mine does!

Join us this week and snag your free printables and conversation topics as we explore Proverbs 31:10.




  • Coloring Sheet Printable
  • Letter A, B, C Printable to decorate
  • Topics of Conversation: What is in the treasure chest on the picture? What are they worth? Can you buy them with the monies in your piggy bank? Our babies are worth far more than any of their collections or collections of our own. Our babies are worth more than rubies! They must realize they are worth far more than rubies! There is no object that outweighs the price of our babies.



  • Grab some gems from the dollar store and hide them in our favorite  gloppity glop recipe
    Remind her throughout, she is worth more than rubies!
  • Letter A, B, C Sounds –> Tape off a hopscotch board on your carpet, or go outside and draw with chalk. Let your child jump, and jump with your child. When the music stops, or when you stop singing, you make the sound of the letter you are standing on!
  • Topics of Conversation: What did you find in the Gloppity Glop? How much are they worth? Remember you are are so much more special to me than any ruby found, clean or dirty. I love you because you are you. Just because, no conditions at all. Talk about the two states of the Gloppity Glop. How when its supported by your hand (making a fist) it is a solid… and when it begins to stray it turns to liquid and falls apart. Just like Jesus’ love for us keeps us solid, making us whole.


  • Opposites PDF: color them, decorate them, match them, act them out, sing them at the top of your lungs, hide and find them, but most importantly, have fun with them!
  • Topics of Conversation:  What is noble? Having heightened moral and mental character. It is important we learn morals to build our character. Morals are what God teaches us are right and wrong, good or bad.  Do you like it when I push you? No, that isn’t nice. Pushing you isn’t a good moral because it makes us mean. Do you like it when I hug you? Yes? That’s because I love you, and God taught me that it is a good moral to give hugs and kisses. We can always hug and kiss. God love you and I love you. Together we can be noble, and you are always worth more than rubies!



  • Gold Rocks Scavenger Hunt: Grab some gravel, pebbles from the dollar store, or rocks from the driveway and paint them yellow or gold. Hide them and instead of hunting for eggs, hunt for gold. I never had a chance to make it to the store for paint, so we used left over yellow Easter Eggs which made it super fun because I could place a peice of gold nugget chocolate in each! That’s always a winner with my kiddo.
  • Rock Chalk Alphabet A,B,C: Go outside and draw out the outline of an A B and C. Fill the shapes with the rocks. Or, if it is raining like at my house, grab a sheet of black construction paper and chalk the paper. Fill each letter outline with rocks.
  • Topics of Conversation: Do you remember what it means to be Noble? It means that we always try to do the right things, and be nice to each other. It means that we have morals, and morals are how we know what to do. Like you clean your room, put up your clothes, and sing your songs. All of those things are you doing the right thing. When you hit your brother, yell at mommy, or hit daddy… that is when we need to pray that Jesus helps us remember our morals. We hunted for Gold today to find the goodies. We hunt Jesus everyday so we can always find the good, and know what is good. But, no matter how many peices of Gold (or Chocolate) we have, You are worth far more than gold and rubies!


  • Celery Surroundings: who we is directly affected by everyone around us. Place three pieces of celery in three different clear cups and fill each cup half way with water. Place food coloring in the water, and watch as the celery absorbs the color. This also works with tissue paper, paper towels, or if you can find clear tiny coffee straws. Discuss how no matter what the celery is (dark green, light green, hard, soft) it changes to the surroundings. This is why we have to be careful of who we let into our lives and the types of friends we surround ourselves with because they can all change us.
  • ABC Connect the Dots: Draw out the outline to each letter A, B, and C and allow your child to practice connecting the dots to form each letter. By this time in the week, they are familiar with the shaping of each letter, so numbers aren’t required to match to each dot.
  • Topics of Conversation: Did you have fun this week? What was your favorite thing we did? Hunting for gold, digging for rubies, chalk alphabet, celery surroundings? Why was it your favorite? Do you want to do it again sometimes? Are you worth more than rubies? Does Jesus love you? Am I worth more than rubies? Does Jesus loves me? Do you love me?

Preschooler Bible Study Teaching Love, Self Respect, and Life Expectations

Join me for a Wonderful 19 weeks…

…..of Proverbs 31 Curriculum for pre-schoolers!


I have chosen to teach Proverbs 31 first to my 2-year-old daughter. We’ve been praying together since birth, and now Kara is familiar with the church, several children’s Bible songs, and has memorized The Lord’s Prayer, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, and Jesus Loves Me. But you know what? Male or female, Proverbs 31 is so important for children! No children’s bible I have yet to find contains Proverbs for them. Yet, it is critical!

So, while I’m busy creating and planning … I ask all of you to join, love, read, and share the Word with your babies! For the next 19 weeks, JOIN ME! to discuss the book of Proverbs!

  • to learn what is expected of them as human beings
  • to create the “picture perfect model and hero
  • to remind them by serving the Lord, they are serving themselves. Kara must never loose herself in continuing to care for all of those around her. It is important she learn to submit herself to the Lord while allowing Him to lead her.




This curriculum uses two books in addition to the Scripture:  In using the Proverbs 31 Curriculum I’ve chosen, we will be using two children’s books dedicated to the chapter God’s Wisdom for Little Girls: Virtues and Fun From Proverbs 31  and When I’m a Mommy: A Little Girl’s Paraphrase of Proverbs 31. If you are teaching to a boy, two great books are A Little Boy After God’s Own Heart and/or God’s Wisdom for Little Boys.

Did you know?

….that the book of Proverbs is actually a mother talking to her son, King Lemuel. She teaches him in those opening verses: not to waste time with prostitutes and promiscuous women, not to drink in excess, make smart choices, speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves, and to defend the rights of the poor and needy.

So mommies with baby boys? join us on an adventure of activities, messes, and lots and lots of love! I’ll see you next week as we begin our exploration of Proverbs 31 on a child’s level!

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Why I’m Okay with My Daughter Telling Me No!


We all want our children to respect adults, yes? We teach our kids “Yes, ma’am” and “No, Ma’am” and expect them to comply with basic requests, no questions.

Lets be clear. I do not expect this of my child all the time! I am offended when someone thinks she should behave this way! Kara is 20 months old and her manners are exceptional! She verbalizes and signs her wants very well for her age, and while she has trouble verbalizing her feelings as all 20-month-olds, she almost always replies with a “please,” “thanks,” or “sorry” (often apologizing when something is not her fault!)

As Kara’s mom, her feelings are important to me. Not in theory, but in practice. I do not expect her to jump on just anyone’s commands. When a parent asks a question, “Kara, are you ready for bed?” she has the right to say “no.” She is answering a simple question.

It is not my job as mommy to sit and command her. It is my job to teach, listen, parent, and guide her. I expect everyone I leave her with to guide her. While sometimes I am tired, while sometimes I am sick, and while sometimes I am annoyed… it is NEVER too much to ask for me to reply with a soft and gentle voice reminding her to communicate with me. I do not give her everything she wants. But, I do listen to everything she wants. I acknowledge what she wants, and give her what every human being wants – to be heard, to receive acknowledgment, and to be given attention.

What do I think this is doing for her future? Honestly? Setting her up for success and greatness! I do not feel it is setting her up to be whiny, bratty, selfish, or self-centered. I want my child’s opinion and voice heard. I want her to know she has a voice, and she never has to do something only because someone else told her to. There must be a more logical reason behind it. It is my job to teach her to use her own brain, and her own voice, to listen to those she trusts and wants to obey. It is not my job to teach her to be submissive and loose herself.

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