My daughter Katelynn has always been as sharp as a whip. She loves to learn. At church, people used to get kicks out of her understanding of theological issues. When she was six she came to me and saw that I was reading the Greek New Testament and asked if she could learn. Within the month she started reading Greek. She has known the Gospel since she could listen. I watched a home video of her tonight. She was two-years-old. In the video I asked her where Jesus was and she pointed to the sky. Why? Because I told her that is where God is. She simply believed what I said.

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Take a Moment to
Listen

Take a moment to
listen today
To what your children are trying to say;
Listen today, whatever you do
Or they won’t be there to listen to you.
Listen to their problems, listen for their needs,
Praise their smallest triumphs, praise their smallest deeds;
Tolerate their chatter, amplify their laughter,
Find out what’s the matter, find out what they’re after.
But tell them that you love them, every single night
And though you scold them, be sure you hold them tight:
Tell them “Everything’s all right;
Tomorrow’s looking bright!”
Take a moment to listen today
To what your children are trying to say;
Listen today, whatever you do
And they will come back to listen to you.

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Sermons Illustrated

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One summer evening
during a violent thunderstorm a mother was tucking her small boy into bed. She
was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice, “Mommy,
will you sleep with me tonight?”

His mother smiled
and gave him a reassuring hug. “I can’t dear,” she said. “I have
to sleep in daddy’s room.”

A long silence
was broken at last by his little voice. “The big sissy.”

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A little girl was wearing one of those Medical Alert bracelets. Someone asked
her what the bracelet was for. She replied, “I’m allergic to nuts and eggs.”

The person asked, “Are you allergic to cats?”
The girl said, “I don’t know. I don’t eat cats.”

 – Pastor Tim’s CleanLaugh
List
– http://www.cybersalt.org/cleanlaugh

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Protect Your Child

1. Keep your child in sight at all times; when your child is away from you, know whom he or she is with and where.
2. Teach your child not to wander off and to avoid lonely places.
3. Establish strict procedures for picking your child up from school, at a friend’s, after a movie, etc. Don’t let your child accept rides from anyone with whom you haven’t made previous arrangements-even if they say they’re a policeman, teacher or friend of the family.
4. Teach your child never to go anywhere with anyone who doesn’t know a family “code” word.
5. Teach your child his full name, your full name, address and telephone number. Make sure you teach him how to make local and long distance phone calls. Even a small child can be taught to dial 911 for help.
6. Tell your child about the abduction problem in a calm and simple way as if you were teaching any other important coping skill.
7. Listen attentively when your child talks about a man or woman he or she met in your absence.
8. Teach your child that it’s o.k. to run away or to scream if someone is making him or her do something he doesn’t want to do.
9. Have photos taken four times a year (especially for preschoolers); make note of birthmarks and other distinguishing features.

-Child Find, Inc.

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Parental Duty

W.C. Fields had a philosophy about raising kids… When they are children, put them in a box with cut out holes in the sides… Whey they become youth, plug up the holes!

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Duty of Parents

Conveying Christian Values

1. Acknowledge that your child is a gift from God (Ps. 127:3).
2. Dedicate your child to the Lord to be used in his service (1 Sam. 1:11)
3. Make a personal commitment to God to grow as a Christian parent.
4. Identify your values and convey these values consistently in your behavior.
5. Express to your children love and acceptance.
6. View discipline as an ongoing process of helping your children ultimately to become self-controlled and self-disciplined.
7. Pray daily for each member of your family.
8. Maintain family worship and Bible study in your home.
9. Involve all family members in church activities.
10. Participate in events your church will offer to help you grow as a Christian parent.

“Be imitators of God as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loves us.”

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