“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”
(1 Timothy 4:12)
God calls all His children to act lovingly towards one another. But as we all know, children do not always respond in a nice way towards others, especially their siblings! We have the responsibility as Christian parents to teach them Godly values. We must be an example to them and teach them to be an example to others.
God uses ALL of us, both YOUNG and old to witness to others. CHILDREN can be little testimonies of God’s big Love and Kindness.
Simply telling them they ought to be nice isn’t enough. We must tell them why they should be nice. For example, if you notice them leaving another child out or not sharing, ask them how they think the other child feels when they act that way? Children do what they want at the moment, they do not consciously want to hurt others. They would eat dessert instead of dinner if we didn’t explain to them why we eat dinner first! It is up to us to teach them how God wants them to act; and why He expects them to act this way. It is simply because God created us to be loving and kind! God can use each child to shine His light upon others!
Lesson 11: Ask your chid to share one of their favorite toys with another child or sibling. Even if they don’t want to and get upset, use this opportunity to teach them that sharing is an example of kindness. “This makes God so happy to see you sharing your favorite toy! It makes Mommy and Daddy so proud of you too! Isn’t it nice to share?” This can help change their behavior, even if it’s just for the moment. The hope is that their kind behavior will be repeated by the child on the other end! Love is infectious!