* I feel compelled to share this Facebook message my sister Jessee wrote about her experience with a hot button topic. I love her perspective. To read more about Jessee's experiences, you can follow her Facebook page Our Girl, Jo.*
by Jessee Stewart
My motive in sharing these thoughts is to bring peace, not to inflame the issue. My message is one that I hope will bring healing and hope.
Life is messy, complex and imperfect. All of our lives have messy portions, and perhaps messiness that our closest loved ones don’t know about. I haven’t lived your life, your pain, and you haven’t lived mine. I feel like acknowledging that we are all coming from different places is necessary to have an open conversation. I hope we can agree in the end, but if we don’t, let’s not hate the other.
I have given birth to four children. Two of those wonderful children are buried in a peaceful cemetery near my parent’s home. Two of those wonderful children are healthy, funny, energetic, and challenge me as a parent daily.
If you've been following along lately and have been using these resources to teach your kids self discipline, this object lesson will be a perfect activity for your family. It's also great if you want to teach your kids that choices have consequences. Plus, it's customizable!
I've done this activity a couple of different times with teen girls in my church youth group and it's been fantastic. Think of a traditional make-your-own-ice-cream-sundae party. . . with a twist! (To give credit where credit is due, I heavily leaned on this post from Dirty Dishes, Messy Kisses as I was planning my own activity. I changed the questions to suit our purposes, but it provided a lot of great inspiration. Check it out!
It goes without saying, that self-discipline is one of the most vital character traits that we can teach our children. It's also one of the hardest!
But never fear, I've compiled a list of 24 plug-and-play, no preparation needed, resources to help you do it! These feature books, movies, video clips and/or other resources to help elementary age children, teens, and YOU focus on developing self discipline all month long.
Hi, I'm Jen! I adore chocolate, I'd rather read than clean my house, and I haven't seen my abs in I-don't-know-how-long. But I love my husband and kids to death and try to Raise The Good within myself and my family by making wise and uplifting media choices and having a deliberate family culture. You are probably doing the same thing. Let's share what works with each other!
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