What is obedience? Dictionary definitions are okay, but we like to be more specific with our children. That’s why our preschool curriculum breaks it down to simple basics. You’ll find tons of practical ideas to teach obedience in the Mom’s Guide.
We teach that obedience is “doing what is expected of me cheerfully, immediately, and thoroughly.” Kids can get their minds around that, even little kids.
Have you ever told your child to do something, then been dissatisfied with the results even though he did as you asked? Sometimes compliance isn’t obedience.
You ask your child to pick up the back yard. He says “OK,” but half an hour later he’s just getting started. If you intended it to be done right when you asked him to do it, he hasn’t obeyed—even though he would protest his innocence if you brought it up.
Or maybe he gets right to work, but you notice he’s slamming gates and throwing things around in frustration because he’d rather be playing in his tree-house right now. He’s not obeying with the right attitude, so he’s not obeying in his heart.
Or perhaps he jumps right in without any complaining and knocks the job out in record time. Great—but you notice he’s missed a few toys that should have been put away, or carelessly stashed things in the garage rather than making sure everything is in the place where it belongs
He hasn’t obeyed in any of these cases. Obedience is doing what’s expected of me cheerfully, immediately and thoroughly. Do your kids understand this?