Parenting Is Heart Work by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller is wonderful new resource about parenting that my husband and I are reading. For the next several weeks we are also hosting a home group with some video instruction. Today I'm going to share a few thoughts from our session and hope that entices you to return to learn more.
Teaching Kids to Listen and Follow Instructions:*One thing we want to do is teach our kids to cooperate. We do this by showing them how to listen and follow basic instructions.
*There are 5 steps. In each step there is something for the child and something for the parent.
Step 1- For the parent...get close to the child---For the child...learn to come when called
Step 2- For the parent...consider the timing---For the child...always be ready to receive instruction
Step 3- For the parent...give the instruction---For the child...the child answers
Step 4- For the parent...wait expectantly---For the child...do the job as if on a mission
Step 5- For the child...report back---For the parent...inspect and release
*Which one of the 5 skills do you need to work on first with your child?
*Which of the 5 skills would you like to see improved in you, as a parent?
From the book-
"God is interested in hearts because that's where real and lasting change takes place."
"When you see a behavior problem, ask 'What's the heart issue?'"
Next time: Reaching Deep into a Child's Heart (come back in 2 weeks)