Our character element for the week is PATIENCE!
Story: Joshua and the Walls of Jericho (Joshua 6:1-26)
Bible Verse: “…and to your self-control add patience.” 2 Peter 1:6b
Prayer: Dear God – I am so glad that you are patient with me! Help me to be patient with others around me. Help me to know your purposes in my life so that I can be patient in obeying you. Amen.
Parents: Sometimes it’s difficult to have patience when you have young children! Your children learn by watching you, so ask God to give you an abundance of the stuff. The next time your child wants to do something “all by myself” – stop. take a deep breath. give your child the time he needs. cherish the moment. High-fives and hugs when it’s over – of course!
Birth-Age 2: Your children won’t understand the concept of time yet – but you can introduce the idea by using the “one-more-minute” tool. You can set a timer or simply announce: “one more minute” just before they pick up toys or come to dinner or take turns with a toy. You will help your children learn to be patient, by giving them an understanding of time. As they get older, increase the time increments…so they can practice “waiting”.
Age 3-Kindergarten: Children this age want to know what the plans are and how many days until it happens! Next time your child is excited about a coming event – find a fun way to count day each day before it happens.
- make a paper chain with a link for every day until the event arrives – and let your child tear off a link every day
- make a sticker chart – place a sticker on a calendar each day that passes
Remind your child that waiting is a way of learning patience!