Here at Zion's Farm, we value our family and we understand how important your family is to you. That its why we want to share a few tips and tricks for child-rearing and implementing family values, especially at the dinner table!
Parenting is loving, nurturing, strengthening, teaching, training, and exemplifying God's love for your child in preparation for their role in God's abundant plan for their life. As a parent, it is essential to take every opportunity to teach your children values and daily life lessons. Talk to them, use the classroom that unfolds in front of them, and use this as a teaching opportunity to not "sweep things under the rug." Instead, address each issue in real time. Even if it appears that their mind is somewhere else, you will be amazed by how much they are hearing and remembering. Children have this great capacity to absorb information from a very early age so talk to them, have engaging conversations, and teach them as you go each day.
One technique I have begun with my family is "Lesson of the Week." I have a small chalk board that is posted in the kitchen and on the wall upon entering the kitchen. We, very impromptu, remind them of that lesson daily, and later at the supper table we ask them to apply that lesson to the events that occurred for each of them that day. It is very informal and often spontaneous as they wrestle with the word or lesson in funny and even sarcastic ways sometimes. Nonetheless, the most important thing is that we as a family are communicating. We are having thoughtful conversations, we are bonding, and we are building our relationship. As much as our children would like for us to think they are not paying full attention, their minds are absorbing and retaining each lesson!
Following below are a few examples of the simple weekly lesson. Feel free to give them a try but of course, own them and put your own style to them!