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Who will lead them?

October 21, 2015 in Nurturing the Child

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This picture reminds me of the awesome job we have of leading our little ones. We give our young children just enough freedom to explore and discover. And by our example we use reins of love and compassion to gently direct our preschoolers to keep them safe and on the right path. Many times we have to be firm especially at the beginning of the school year or with our own children so they know who is the loving and all knowing boss. Children feel safe when they know who is in charge.

I love these little sponges and their awe of life. It is such a privilege to be able to influence and shape their little lives. Sometimes it is very frustrating when we have that certain child who continually needs correction and disrupts the whole class or as parents, the peace in our homes.  I just wanted to remind you that you are being watched by all the little eyes around you. They see and feel the way you treat each and everyone. We need to fill and refuel our professional and emotional tanks. Encourage and be encouraged by  your fellow teachers, parents, co-workers and ultimately by a loving God this year. It really is more blessed to give than to receive.

Do not harm…words are powerful, choose them wisely and if you mess up, ask for forgiveness from adults and the kids.  Below is the story of how Moses hands off the baton to Joshua to lead the children of Israel. In particular look at verse 15.

Have an awesome year, take care of your little sheep, you are blessed!

Joshua to Succeed Moses

12 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go up this mountain in the Abarim Range and see the land I have given the Israelites. 13 After you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, 14 for when the community rebelled at the waters in the Desert of Zin, both of you disobeyed my command to honor me as holy before their eyes.” (These were the waters of Meribah Kadesh, in the Desert of Zin.)

15 Moses said to the Lord, 16 “May the Lord, the God who gives breath to all living things, appoint someone over this community 17 to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so the Lord’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.”

18 So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit of leadership,[a] and lay your hand on him. 19 Have him stand before Eleazar the priest and the entire assembly and commission him in their presence. 20 Give him some of your authority so the whole Israelite community will obey him. 21 He is to stand before Eleazar the priest, who will obtain decisions for him by inquiring of the Urim before the Lord. At his command he and the entire community of the Israelites will go out, and at his command they will come in.”

22 Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He took Joshua and had him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole assembly. 23 Then he laid his hands on him and commissioned him, as the Lord instructed through Moses. Numbers 27: 12-23

Other posts that may encourage you: Meeting of the Two Year Old Mind! Also includes “Toddlers Rules on Ownership” Here’s a fun active song about going to school with printable PDF.

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Have an awesome year!

Ms. Dawn 

Dads and Little Girls

June 15, 2012 in God - Faith - Hope - Love, Nurturing the Child

Dads and Little Girls

Dads play such an important part in a little girl’s life. How a dad handles and speaks to his fragile little daughter and his overall attitude can influence this blooming little woman for a lifetime.

Have a Wonderful Father’s Day!

I’d like to introduce you to some great writers that have influenced my husband and I over the years. Their books and radio programs have been like life rafts to us and I would recommend adding them to your library of parenting book.

1. Dr. James Dobson books-“Parenting Isn’t for Cowards”, “Dare to Discipline”, “Strong Willed Child” “Raising Girls”,” Raising Boys”

Below is a quote on Fathers and Daughters from Dr. James Dobson family talk website.

Fathers have an incalculable impact on their daughters. Most psychologists believe, and I am one of them, that all future romantic relationships are influenced positively or negatively by the way a girl interacts with her dad in the childhood years. If that is true, then fathers should give careful thought to this responsibility and seek to be what their daughters need of them. There are, I believe, at least seven components to that assignment:

1. leadership at the home

2. he is being watched closely

3. begin “dating” a daughter

4. build self-confidence

5. communication  

6. providers and protectors

7. spiritual leader of the family

To read the whole post click here 

To see all the great books by James Dobson click here

2.  Zig Ziglar- “Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World”-Below are some great quote from the book:  

*The only way to raise positive kids is to start to be a positive parent.

*You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind.

*Honesty is a marketable commodity.

*When we do more than we are paid to do, eventually we will be paid more for what we do.

*It is never too late to do the right thing.

*You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.

*Faith is your response to God’s ability.

*Hope is the power that gives a person confidence to step out and try.

*The saddest words in the English language are if only.

*No human being can be all things to all people.

*Making the family a top priority will invariably bring success.

*A strong, unified parental team has the best shot at positively influencing children for good.

*The key ingredient in family communication is listening, really listening.

*You need to forgive…regardless of the offense.

*The child who has not been disciplined with love by his little world will be disciplined, generally without love, by the big world.

*Real love demands you do what is best for your children and not always what is the easiest for you.

*Love can do what nothing else can.  

I especially enjoyed the section on creativity in his book and how to encourage it in our children.  “Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World” is a great book to study with a group of friend who want to be better parents.

Pick up your copy here. 

Charles Swindoll-“You and Your Child”

This is a great book to help with the basic steps to a successful relationship between parent and child.

*Know Your Child    

*Loving Your Child    

*Training Your Child

*Disciplining Your Child  

*Releasing Your Child

You can purchase on amazon here

You and Your Child-Study Guide link here. 

I’ve enjoyed Swindoll’s radio broadcast over the years, click here.

 Hope you have a great Father’s Day and appreciate the awesome privilege you have to love and influence the lives of your precious children.

For Healthy Kids, Body, Mind and Spirit,

Ms. Dawn

What positive mark has your dad left on your life?

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