Teaching Your Kids to Care: Part 1


It’s so easy, especially for homeschoolers, to inadvertently communicate to our kids that life is all about them. We’re looking for the perfect curriculum to meet their needs, engaging them in activities that they are passionate about, taking them on exciting outings, planning special parties and events and all that is good. We should be doing that, BUT, are we failing to instill in them a higher calling?

Why are we here? Why does God leave us on this earth after we get saved? Why not just take us to heaven then and there? What are we trying to equip them for? To get a good job? To be happy in life?

We all know there’s more to it than that, but what are we doing to actively teach and train our kids to care? This is something we need do intentionally. It doesn’t come naturally. I’ve had parents tell me their teens just want to sit around and do video games or be on screens all the time. What a waste! We need to actively show them a better way, and the younger you start- the better. It’s never too late to refine our focus, but if you have young kids, start now and save yourself and your kids some heartache.

This is one of those things you can’t say “hey, kids, go do this!”  You have to be involved with them so you can help to inspire them and serve to build their passion to invest in the lives of others.

Philippians 2:1-11 : “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any  affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.  Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.  Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

God wants to use you and your family to bless others and bring honor and glory to Him!

Don’t know how to get started? We’ve got some ideas- ideas we’ve tested and tried. And I can tell you that once you catch the vision of how to pour your life into others, you’ll never want to just live for yourself again. This is how we endeavored to raise our kids and now that they are grown, I am constantly blessed as I see them persist in seeking out ways to bless others in their spheres of influence.

To help you in the month of January, I’ll be sharing posts on how to practically take the first steps to inspire your kids and give you lots of practical ideas for getting started.

Character In Action Book with kids walking together.Also, our newest book, Character in Action: Taking the Next Steps was written just for this purpose. So, during the month of January, we are offering it to you at a 15% discount. Use the code: CARE at checkout. So, remember to sign up, here on the blog, (www.CharacterConceptBlog.com) so you won’t miss out on any of the posts in this series! Put on your walking shoes and prepare to be blessed!

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About Marilyn

Marilyn is wife to Rick, Mom to 14 children, Nana to 22 grandchildren (and counting!) and homeschooler for 37 years. She and her husband own Character Concepts which they started for the purpose of helping others raise children with a strong, godly character and Biblical worldview.They have developed character curriculum from preschool through high school, based on what they found worked when teaching their own 14 children over the years. Her passion is to help young moms raise kids of character and enjoy the journey!

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