Monday, January 4, 2010

Evaluate the Strength of Your Child's Conscience

Parenting Tip
January 4, 2010

10 Questions to Evaluate the Strength of Your Child’s Conscience

As you enter the new year, take a few minutes and consider your own parenting. You might want to set some goals for your child’s development this year. The following questions are addressed in Hero Training Camp, the conscience development course for kids. You can use it in your family to help your children understand the biblical concept of the conscience and then take practical steps to strengthen it.

1) How is your child doing at taking initiative?
One of the signs of maturity at any age is learning to see what needs to be done and doing it. Part of conscience training is helping children to be more sensitive to things that need to be done. But seeing a problem isn’t good enough. Responding is also important. Heroes look for things that are out of place or need to be fixed, and they take action. Talk to your kids about being heroes now, in the small things of life. After all David didn’t start being a hero by killing Goliath. He started by demonstrating responsibility with the sheep, practicing his musical instrument, and learning the skill of using his sling. Being a hero starts in the small things of life.

2) What convictions does your child have?
All children have convictions. Some are erroneous or just simply wrong. For example, some children believe that if a brother is irritating then they have the right to punch him. Others believe that they should be able to get to the next level of the video game before responding to Mom’s instructions. The conscience uses convictions for making decisions. The best convictions come from the Bible. Choose to make this year a year of helping children understand how God’s Word is relevant for their lives.

3) How does your child handle mistakes and offenses?
Another sign of maturity is the ability to respond well when you’ve done the wrong thing. After all, the conscience prompts people on the inside when they’ve hurt someone, made a mistake, or done the wrong thing. But many kids don’t know how to respond well to offenses. Instead, they react by blaming, rationalizing, justifying, and getting angry. Kids need a plan for dealing with wrongs. Plan to spend extra time this year teaching children how to handle their mistakes and offenses, learn from them, experience forgiveness, and move forward in life.

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