#Wednesday are for Writers: Teaching Kids Values & Morals with Jon Michael Lawrence

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It is very important for children to grow up in healthy homes where they are loved, cherished, and where they feel important. It is important for parents to give their children the tools they need to face any adversity they may come against. When children are taught values and morals then they grow up to be strong, dedicated, culturally aware, and educated citizens. When children learn important values then they also learn how to treat others in a respectful way as well as how they should view themselves. With important values and morals, kids also learn important values like having good self-esteem, realizing their self-worth, and they learn how to be exemplary people in society.  

There are many important values children need to learn which include generosity, sacrifice for others, standing up for what is right, knowing their self-worth and that Jesus came to be their friend as well as salvation. There are many ways parents can teach their children values some of the most important include: being good role models, apologizing when they make a mistake, use everyday experiences to teach children, use the Bible to teach children, share personal experiences, make rules, hold children accountable for their mistakes, support children in difficult decisions, do not let children take the easy way out of an issue, involve children in helping others, teach children to serve others, monitor what children watch on tv as well as internet, and recognize children when they have shown good behavior.

Kindness

“Children nurtured in kindness learn the value of understanding. Children taught to be self-sufficient, to respect others, to value education and to build life up rather than to tear it down will become adults capable of leading us to a brighter future. For (as Karl Menninger noted) what’s done to children, they will do to society.” Steve Goodier  Taking a look at the Jewish form of education that has instructed and brought up citizens of one of the most prosperous countries the family is seen as the foundation of education. Biblical texts like Exodus 12: 26-28; Deuteronomy 4:9-10, 6:7-9; Josiah 4:21-24; and Proverbs 1:8 teach parents that they are to educate their children giving them sound values and morals to be good citizens.

Schools also have an important role in teaching children directly and indirectly, but if a child goes to a school without a sound basis of good strong values and morals then they might not stand the adversities that can come against them. It is also important for parents to use stories or aids to teach children a certain value or moral such as the book Jon Michael Lawrence has written called ‘The Lamb of Life’ which teaches children of the importance of sacrifice and above all the incredible sacrifice Jesus Christ paid when he came to earth and died on a cross to save us from our sins.

Sacrifice

It is important for young children to learn and understand the importance of sacrifice at a young age so that they are able to give to others when the time comes. Sacrificing something for another helps children and adults to strengthen their identity and creates stronger ties with those people and with God. When children understand the value of sacrifice they will understand better what an amazing thing Jesus did for us when he came lovingly to earth to die a terrible death between two thieves to give us eternal life.

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Generosity

 It is also important for children to learn to be generous which goes well with the sacrifice in that you are giving to others. An incredible example of this is a parable that Jesus used to teach his disciples and followers found in the Bible in Luke 10 called “The Good Samaritan” a book that will be available in the future written by the author Jon Michael Lawrence which shows this value in a fun and creative way is called ‘Charlie’s Good Deeds’ where a kind horse named Charlie helps a poor rabbit named Felix after he had been robbed and left for dead. When children learn to be generous they will strengthen who they are and will realize their worth as well as the worth of others.

Bravery

moralsFurthermore, it is also very important for children to learn to stand up for what is right. Nowadays it is very usual to see fighting, bullying, humiliation, and even retaliation in violent forms stemming from some of these issues. It is important for children to understand how to stand up for what is right while still being good respectful people.

A great Bible story parents can use to teach children this value is the story of David and Goliath which can be found in 1 Samuel 17. This shows how a young small shepherd named David stood up to a giant as he had before lions and bears. Another story form the children’s author Jon Michael Lawrence which will be available in the future that is based on this principle is called ‘Hilbert’s Bravery’ where Hilbert is a small dog that stands up to a big ruthless dog to defend his family and people.

Self-Esteem

Children should also learn that they are special and important. It is very important in a child’s development and life to understand what thmoralsey are good at and what they were created for. It is important for children to know and realize their self-worth. This value is primarily taught and reinforced at home when parents show interest in what their children like to do and what they are good at. When a parent genuinely shows interest in what their child is good at or what they enjoy it creates a special bond between the two of them and it gives the child more confidence and direction in their life.

On the other hand, when parents do not build up their child’s self-esteem and self-worth and go on to tear their child down then they start to damage the relationship with their child and help to hinder or decrease their self-esteem as well as self-worth. A good Bible verse that shows how God has a plan for us is found in Jeremiah 29:11 and a great story by the children’s author Jon Michael Lawrence which should be available later down the road is called ‘Waverly the Insecure Palm Tree’ and this story shows how a palm tree grows up with insecurities and doubts of what he was or what his worth was until he grew up and his father taught him all that a palm tree is good for giving his son self-worth and increasing his self-esteem.

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