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Acceptance blues

For two weeks now, we’ve been trying to start the Acceptance lesson, but “stuff” just kept cropping up unexpectedly. Usually it’s just me being unprepared that stalls us, but this time I was ready ages ago.

Related Lesson: Acceptance
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Giving back to God

It had never occurred to Rob and me that the term “giving back to God” didn’t make any sense to our kids. We had started using the phrase around them but hadn’t given any thought as to how it sounded to four- and six-year-old ears . . .

“Why does God need anything if He lives in heaven and everything is His anyway?”

“How do we get it to Him if we want to give Him something?”

“Why would God give us something and then want some of it back?”

Oops. Clarification was obviously required.

Related Lesson: Generosity
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Generosity as a lifestyle

We’ve been working through some of the Hands-on options this week as we’ve cleaned out the kids’ closets in preparation for cooler weather. In accordance with “Caring for Others” and “What do we have extra?” their too-small clothes are going to others who need them. Our church has a new family from Nigeria who’s practically freezing in our less-than-tropical Canadian weather. What a blessing that they have a son who is a year younger than Ben. Perfect sizing!

Related Lesson: Generosity
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Juggling generosity

Now that we’re more than halfway through September, you’d think life would be settling into more of a routine. Unfortunately, our household still feels somewhat out of sorts. Ben and Jess seem to be getting a little more worn out each week and are not recovering fully on the weekends like we hoped they would. Tears come easily and our patience “bank accounts” are draining. Erin J.’s Facebook comment about home-schooling makes me sigh and wonder if maybe that’s a path we should consider.

Related Lesson: Generosity
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Surviving September?

I am overwhelmed, exhausted and already so far behind on everything. Oh, the joys of the start of school! We were warned by other parents that when Benjamin entered the full days of Grade One and Jessica started half-day kindergarten, it would be the craziest year ever. And as if that weren’t spicy enough, our kids were also designated to a new school. Ack! Anybody else out there feel like they’re being tumbled in a washing machine? I think I’m in the spin cycle.

Related Lesson: Kindness
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Wrapping up Kindness

I don’t know about you, but we often find that our kids simply do not respond appropriately to compliments. Though we’ve coached and coached, they usually look like they’re ignoring the admiring remark or they turn away with a barely audible “thank you.” It’s embarrassing to all of us when their shyness is mistaken as terrible manners. So the “Receiving Kindness" role play provided a great chance for us to practice clear and sincere thank-you’s.

Related Lesson: Kindness
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Random Acts of Kindness Week

Even though our week seemed kind of disjointed, and it didn’t feel like we took complete advantage of what we could have done for “Random Acts of Kindness,” we know this can (and should) be an ongoing effort long after this lesson is completed. As a family, we still managed to offer help and friendship on a number of occasions. Here’s what we did:

Related Lesson: Kindness
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Beginning lessons on kindness

Well, we finally finished our 100-square Gentleness Quilt and, as promised, went bowling and had ice cream sundaes to mark the event. Kids of Integrity is helping us realize we must learn to rejoice over any and all positive effort put out by our kids. Too often we offer verbal encouragement but do nothing further to cheer their hard-earned gains. Life is too short; our family plans to embrace a deep and consistent spirit of celebration!

Related Lesson: Kindness
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What do you think?

Now that we’ve gained a little experience using the Kids of Integrity materials, a few thoughts have been floating around in my head. I would love to hear if anyone else out there has been thinking the same things.

Related Lesson: Gentleness
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Gains in gentleness

Inspired by one of the hands-on options on the Gentleness lesson, we went to the humane society (instead of a petting zoo). Our city has a beautiful facility where you can go into various rooms and play with cats and dogs. Ben wasn’t totally comfortable, especially with a larger, bouncy puppy that obviously had never had a gentleness lesson himself! We did a reverse teaching and asked Ben to take note of how he was feeling (e.g. anxious and unsure) around something else that wasn’t being gentle. It was a good reinforcement.

Related Lesson: Gentleness

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