“He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded.” (Prov. 13:13)
Theme: What’s the Most Valuable?
- Bible: Read Proverbs 13:13 together. Ask your children which action God rewards: listening or doing your own thing?
- Value Collage: Beforehand, dilute some glue with water in a small bowl and get your hands on some toy catalogs, Sunday paper ad inserts, parenting magazines, etc – you need pictures of toys and/or activities that your children would find quite appealing! Have the kids cut out or tear out their favorite pictures. Then let them paint a paper plate or construction paper with the glue mixture. Finally, they can create a collage of their “favorite things” by putting their chosen pictures on top of the glue covered plate/paper. Talk about the pictures. Great time to find out a little bit more about your child by discussing the pictures and what they like about each one. Finally, point to your ear. Ask, “Would you rather have (item from picture) or an ear?” Talk with them about how God says that listening to wisdom is more important than anything else in the world.
- Practical: Whenever a “listening moment” arises in your home, reinforce this lesson by reminding them that the listening they are doing is more important than the best toy they could ever imagine! Also, praise them for listening. Our children love to be praised, so undergird their character by encouraging words!