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Patience and the Lord of the Rings

Well, we decided that we've gone as far as we can with the Respect lesson in our household. The boys seem to have grasped the concept of thinking of others ahead of themselves, which was one of the goals we had in mind. I’m sure we’ll need to do some refresher courses along the way, but we’re pretty happy with how they received what we were trying to teach them.

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It's all about respect...and Garfield

So, the boys were very excited about the idea of creating a big, honkin' poster that would display all the respect rules for the family to see. Anita and I decided we would let them figure out how they wanted the poster to look. After much discussion between the two, they decided that the best way to present these rules was through the eyes of none other than Garfield. Yes, Garfield. With eyebrows raised, we permitted this foray into “modern design” by our two budding artists and were very pleased with the results.

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The official "Bugg Family Respect Rules"

In a recent post, I mentioned that our boys drafted up a list of family respect rules to hang in a prominent spot in our home. A few of you mentioned an interest in seeing those rules, so here they are. (Keep in mind, these are rules that a 10 and five year old came up with!)

The Bugg Family Respect Rules

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Operation covert gentleman

We sat around the dinner table last night, reviewing our “Family Respect Rules.” We also discussed next steps on our lesson, which includes making a poster with the rules written on it and placed in a prominent spot in our house. I think we’ll put it on the back of our front door, since we want to be reminded of these respect rules every day, numerous times. Eventually, we might not even need to be reminded.

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Gentlemen, not cavemen

Anita and I want to raise our boys to be respectful, polite, empathetic, honourable gentlemen – and there’s a saying I made up for whenever the boys are not acting appropriately: “Boys, we are gentlemen, NOT cavemen.” This little saying works perfectly with the Kids of Integrity lesson we’re currently working on – Respect.

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Teaching respect

The first Kids of Integrity lesson we've chosen to do is Respect. Respect is a far-reaching discipline that can affect many aspects of life and is one of the cornerstones of developing godly character. Living with boys, although a great joy, can also lead to some challenges. As I mentioned in my previous post, we've been given the responsibility to raise young men, not boys. Part of this challenge is to teach them the basics of life – with one important attribute being respect.

A few recent instances when we've tried to teach respect:

Related Lesson: Respect
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Raising our boys to be men

Greetings from our house to yours! My name is Jim Bugg, and my wife's name is Anita. We're very excited to keep you updated with our Kids of Integrity adventures. Having two boys, ages 10 and five, this resource is exactly what we've been looking for as a tool to help us raise godly, confident and balanced young men.

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