12.05.2015

Teaching self-control to children ~ and ourselves!

A friend shared this list with me several years ago when we sought wisdom in parenting our active, and verbal, boys. We memorized it together and I quoted it often to prompt correct speaking and behavior.
The littles are memorizing it now.

Self-control is the ability to control myself so that Mom and Dad don't have to.

Self-control means to think before I act.

Self-control is the ability to talk about problems instead of grabbing, pushing, or hitting.

Self-control means that I limit the noises I make when others are around.

Self-control means that I focus on one thing until it gets done, before I move on to the next.

Sensitivity means that when I walk into a room I look and listen before I speak.

Sensitivity is thinking about how my actions are affecting other people.

Sensitivity means thinking about how I could help someone else.


After reading it, it is obvious that these truths are as applicable to adults as they are to children.
Self-control and sensitivity must be practiced by all ... especially those in the household of faith.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. II Peter 1

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. II Timothy 1

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. I Peter 4

But hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. Titus 1

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. I Corinthians 13

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