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Motivating Our Children

March 10, 2011

 

I home schooled a friend’s daughter for two years. As a thank you gift, she gave me something she created, a family honor plate. It is a ceramic plate with a crown in the middle and the 7 fruits of the spirit written on the thick outside rim of the plate. The words written are as follows: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Anytime, a member of the family display one of these virtues, they get to eat off the honor plate. It’s a great way to reinforce the importance of good character.

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Drama used as a parenting tool

March 15, 2011

My husband always tells me that I have a flair for the dramatic.  He points out that I always say I am starving not just hungry; or I am exhausted not just tired.  Maybe he is right, but I like using extreme examples to make a point.  When teaching children, using an extreme example can be quite effective.  Extremes are not what you actually expect to happen but actually serve as boundaries for the best-and worst-scenarios.  By defining the boundaries, you are able to show the spectrum of possibilities.  Once the extremes are understood, children are able to grasp scenarios that are "most common" or "most likely" to happen.

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