I just finished the 4th chapter in Jill Savage’s Book–My Heart’s At Home. I wanted to share a few of her interesting thoughts and parenting ideas…
- “Between birth and age 18, a parent will spend approximately 58,200 waking hours with their child. If the family takes that child to church for two hours every week during the same period of time, the church will have the child for just 1872 hours. With that disparity in hours of influence, why do we as parents often leave it to the church to be our child’s primary spiritual influence?”
- She discussed how we need to look for natural teachable moments in our children’s lives. One example she gave:
- One night while her boys were brushing their teeth, she gave them a paper plate and had them squeeze toothpaste on it. Then she asked them to put the toothpaste back into the tube. Of course, it was impossible. She explained how toothpaste is just like our words. “When mean words come out of our mouth, we can’t take them back. They leave our lips and do their damage right away.” Then she read to them Ephesians 4:29 and told them to remember this lesson every time they brushed their teeth. I like this lesson…I’ll have to remember to use it someday.
- She gave the website http://www.famtime.com for good resources. I glanced at it, but haven’t actually checked it out.
- Jill also discussed how we can use our homes as a church to the neighborhood. She had some interesting ideas like being welcoming to the neighborhood kids, hosting get-togethers with the neighbors to get to know them better, and to give the kids rides to church. It was a good reminder to me that we need to really get to know our neighbors better. This is something I’ve never been good at. And it shows since we really don’t know hardly any of our neighbors anymore. Most everyone keeps to themselves. I’m going to have to challenge myself to actually go out and talk to them more. I’ll have to look for opportunities to talk…maybe I’ll have to whip up some cookies to take to some of them??