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Irritation, giggles and tears

Last night before bedtime, Rob asked the kids if they would like a “treat.” In our house, that usually means something special, sweet and not necessarily healthy. He meant to say “snack” and was planning to offer fruit, yogurt or “ants-on-a-log.” The miscommunication caused a conflict between Ben and Rob, with the former insisting on an indulgence and Daddy sticking to his guns with healthy offerings. As a bystander, I agreed with Rob’s position but didn’t think he handled it nearly as gently as he could have.

Related Lesson: Gentleness
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Next lesson: Gentleness

When we first had a look at the whole list of 16 Kids of Integrity lessons, we mentally placed Gentleness near the bottom of our priority list. After all, our kids are pretty sweet, right? Then Benjamin became the victim of a few “wildcat attacks” by his sister and suddenly the need for gentleness training skyrocketed.

Related Lesson: Gentleness
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Fizzled out?

Well, we didn’t exactly end our Self-Control lesson with a bang. I wanted to use the hands-on option of the shaken-up pop as our final illustration, but for some strange reason, the soda didn’t spray out like it was supposed to. There we were, in the back alley, ready to make a nice BIG mess, and . . . fssst . . . it only came out in a little blurp. Pretty anticlimactic! No idea what went wrong. I shook it really hard! Does it have to be a clear bottle like the lesson said (I used a can)? My husband, Rob, thought maybe it should have been colder.

Related Lesson: Self-control
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Fabulous flexibility

I so appreciate the fact that Kids of Integrity doesn’t have any kind of specific timeline stamped on its lessons. We’ve tried devotionals meant to be done each day. I always felt guilty if we missed a day . . . then we’d have to do two the next day. And if we missed two or more days, then we were really up the creek! Kids of Integrity’s flexibility suits us so much better. This past week was a perfect case in point.

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Live and learn

We learned an important lesson this week . . . it might be better to build a self-control poster featuring positive behaviours rather than negative. Why? The kids love moving their arrows, and they’ll find any reason to do it.

Related Lesson: Self-control
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Lessons on self-control

It’s ironic how I seem to be attracted to lessons that perhaps I need as much as the kids do. Just last week, I raised my voice in frustration when Ben calmly looked at me and said, “Mommy, you need to be using self-control.” Argghh! At that point, we hadn’t even begun the lesson yet!

Now that we’ve started, here’s how it’s going so far:

Related Lesson: Self-control
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Can a vagabond and an anchor raise godly kids?

This blogging adventure may be best started with a confession . . . I am not very up on modern technology. In truth, I had to research exactly what a blog is and came away relieved to find that it can be like an online journal. I’m looking forward to comparing ideas and stories with you. Your feedback is most welcomed.
   

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