March 2011 Entries
The Bible is God’s gift of knowledge to us. Every story, parable, and verse is meant to guide us through life. The Bible is as relative today as it was centuries ago, which is why it’s called the Living Word. Bible stories apply to our daily lives; everything is meant to be shared and known to us. That’s why it is so important for us to make these God's words memorable to our children.
Recently, I wrote about my daughter witnessing some tension between me and my husband. This had me thinking about how what we do as a couple can influence our children not only now, but in the future. My children will make comments such as “You’re dating Daddy.” My three year old even told me that she is “pretty sure that Daddy is my boyfriend.” It brings me great joy that my children see that my husband and I love each other.
The recent tragedy in Japan may have left you wondering how much to share with your children about the events. How can we explain what has happened without scaring them even more? Life is full of natural and man-made disasters; it is nearly impossible for your children to avoid hearing about or seeing it at some point. And it can be hard to determine the best way to talk about frightening news with them.
Last week on The 700 Club, host Pat Robertson discussed Life Beyond the Grave. It was fascinating to hear all about people’s experiences and thoughts, as well as what God has to say about eternity. Yet, how do you share all of this with young children?
Children are little observers. They pick up on discord, discomfort, and all things unstable. Every time I think I am hiding my anger or emotions from my children, they have a way of seeing and calling me out on it. Last week, my six year old picked up on some tension between me and my husband. It wasn’t a big problem, normal marital issues, but we allowed our argument to be exposed in front of our kids.