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  • Tip #3 On How to Help Young Children to be Honest

    In case you have not yet read Tips 1 and 2, check them out. They are the prerequisites to this one. Honesty is an important character that all need to develop, especially Christians. Our character should reflect that of Christ since we carry His surname. Our children need much guidance to be able to develop this character. As always parents, because we are their first teachers, we are responsible to teach and train them. The 3rd tip I want to share with you in this post on how to help young children to be honest is to: Help the children understand God's presence. Side Note. Book Stubs are great gifts for young readers. Why not give a young reader the gift of understanding God’s presence. I’m giving away a book stub to the first 17 people who comment on this post or this video. Why do children lie? They lie because they think nobody is watching. We know this is not true because we always have God’s beautiful set of eyes constantly watching over us. The fact that God is always watching over us is the reason we are protected. We are provided for and really are safe. All because of His watchfulness. The sooner the children know that the better. In fact, Proverbs 15:3 says, “These eyes of the Lord are everywhere watching the bad and the good.” Therefore, by knowing that the children will be encouraged to tell the truth. They’ll understand that God is constantly and forever watching over them. I wrote Jesus Loves My Mommy: All About Location as part of the bilingual series of the Jesus Loves Everybody Book Series. This book is a great resource to help young children understand the concept of God loving and watching over them wherever they are. It teaches them that Jesus loves us everywhere because He's watching over us at the park, at the mall, at the supermarket, at play, at work, wherever we are, Jesus is always watching. This book is in English/Spanish. It is an excellent resource for introducing young children to a second language. Get your copy here. Case in point: Jesus Loves Everybody provides educational resources to assist families in teaching their children of God and helping them understand their identity in Christ as God’s children. Hence, we’re working on eliminating dishonest tendencies via character building tips such as this one.

  • Tip #2 on How to Help Young Children to be Honest

    There are many ways I find that parents and teachers can help young children tell the truth. While this second tip I'm about to share may seem common sense, however, many people do not implement it to help kids practice honesty. As I mentioned in the previous blog post, tip #1 is to avoid providing opportunities for children to lie. You can read it here. I counsel parents to do unto the children what Jesus himself would do unto us. When in doubt we should ask what would Jesus do? (WWJD). Better yet, search the Scriptures. We don't wanna chance it. Our children's lives are too precious to be dealt with by chance. Since we live in an imperfect world and we're not the only ones teaching them... Tip #2 is: If your children happen to lie... don't fret don't fuss don't stress don't yell don't punish them Stay calm relax In other words, don't beat them over the head with their mistake. Yes it is a mistake. 'Cause if they knew better, they'd do better. You can check out the video here . So, all you need is to be ready and willing to teach them about the consequences of lying and at the same time also open the word of God with them. Because only the Word of God can transform their hearts and help them to be honest. We cannot do anything good on our own. When teaching them about the consequences, let them know that it takes a lot out of us to get people to trust us again after we lied to them. And people tend not to want to trust anybody who lied to them even when they're telling the truth. So it's really not worth it to lie. Therefore, it's best not to lie in the first place. But if they lie, they should fess up to it. Don't be afraid to admit that they lied and try their best by God's grace not to do it again. From the Word of God, show them that God does not like it when we lie. It's not God's will that we should lie. And it's not pleasing to God. Be patient With Them The reason we need to be patient with them and loving in spite of their mistakes is because Jesus does the same thing for us. In fact, Jesus makes plan in case we mess up so that He can redeem us. First John 1:2 says, "My dear children I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous one." If Jesus can do that for us, of course we also have to be their little Jesus. We have to do for them also what Jesus does for us. It can't get any simpler than that. We do for them what Jesus does for us. So Jesus is forever patient and loving with us. We need to do the same for our children. And we can do it for our children. Get Your Copy of Jesus Loves Everybody... Question: How would you handle dishonesty in children? You can leave a comment below. Case in point: Jesus Loves Everybody provides educational resources to assist families in teaching their children of God and helping them understand their identity in Christ as God’s children. Hence, we’re working on eliminating dishonest tendencies via character building tips such as this one. For further resources go here.

  • 3 Overlooked Facts in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

    Background It is no secret that childhood obesity has been affecting young children in our society for decades. Our schools have worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide foods to our children in the hope of preventing childhood obesity, but to no avail. Many families also practice healthy eating and provide good examples for their children. However, independently both entities are failing in their attempt to combat overweight in children. “Therefore, policy makers and [parents] should work in partnership to consider the evaluation of new policies prior to implementation” (Williams et al., 2015). It is imperative that, to fight against childhood obesity, home and school team up in order to help kids make intelligent dietary decisions. Alternative When home and school make wise food choices, especially in implementing “whole-grains” and eliminating “refined grains” (Woo Baidal & Taveras, 2014), these decisions can impact our children’s health positively in terms of weight maintenance. The children’s environment should be saturated with good food choices without the opportunity to make wrong choices. The conflicting choices children make relating to their diet are due to the inconsistencies in the types of foods provided both at home and at school. Lobstein et al. (2015) state, “The more an environment consistently promotes healthy behaviour, the greater the likelihood that such behaviour will occur.” If both home and school consistently provide healthy choices, the children’s taste buds will be programmed to want the right foods at an early age. Then the “obesity epidemic” (Fung et al., 2012) over our children “by the age of 5 years” (Cunningham, Kramer, & Narayan, 2014) will be reduced. 1) Saturate the children’s environment with good food choices. Influence Intelligent food choices made by parents and school officials can prove beneficial to helping children make wise choices themselves. Under the care of their elders, children mimic behaviors, whether right or wrong. When adults make dietary decisions, it is important to note that the children are watching and are ready to model their behavior. Our decisions drive their decisions. For instance, children should never be presented with the opportunity to choose between “carbonated drinks . . . [and] healthy fruit juices” (Karnik & Kanekar, 2012). At least not during childhood as it puts the children in a compromising situation. The mere fact that they are presented with carbonated drinks, in their minds, means it is acceptable. Children presented with a range of healthy choices from the start will not have to be forced to choose unappealing healthy foods which can lead to avoidance behaviors (Hanks, Just, & Wansink, 2013). Effortless Effort Without the right people (at home and school) teaming up to reduce childhood obesity, every effort made by a single influence will not work. Policies made at the school “level of influence” (Williams et al., 2015) without parents on board will not succeed because after all is said and done at school, children will go home where poor foods choices are potentially available. As the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) teams up with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) “to improve students’ nutritional intake,” parents should also be a part of this team since they are responsible for their children’s dietary needs outside of school (Taber, Chriqui, Powell, & Chaloupka, 2013). 2) Team up the right people (home and school). Who Should care? Childhood obesity should be every caretaker’s concern. Wise decisions need to be made regarding children’s diet in order to remediate the issue. Schools, in their effort to solve this problem, have only worsened it. Many families, as well, are concerned about the quality of the foods they provide for their children. Apart from each other, home and school have not been able to resolve the issue of childhood weight gain. However, collaboration between the two may help children make wise food choices. The partnership will also eliminate every opportunity for conflicting choices if healthy choices are consistently provided at school and at home. 3) Make wise decisions regarding the children’s diet. You’re probably wondering… What Does Food Have to Do with Finding Identity in Christ? Well! Everything! The mere fact that what the children eat affects their mental ability to function is cause for concerns. When the food they eat causes their body to malfunction that’s because the brain itself is malfunctioning. And if the brain malfunctions they cannot discern spiritual things. White (1864) states, The health of the mind is dependent upon the health of the body. As Christian parents . . . in order to strengthen in them . . . the love of spiritual things, we must regulate the manner of our living, dispense with animal food, and use grains, vegetables, and fruits, as articles of food. (p. 20) References Cunningham, S. A., Kramer, M. R., & Narayan, K. V. (2014). Incidence of childhood obesity in the United States. New England Journal of Medicine, 370(5), 403-411. Fung, C., Kuhle, S., Lu, C., Purcell, M., Schwartz, M., Storey, K., & Veugelers, P. J. (2012). From “best practice” to” next practice”: the effectiveness of school-based health promotion in improving healthy eating and physical activity and preventing childhood obesity. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9(1), 1. Hanks, A. S., Just, D. R., & Wansink, B. (2013). Smarter lunchrooms can address new school lunchroom guidelines and childhood obesity. The Journal of Pediatrics, 162(4), 867-869. Karnik, S., & Kanekar, A. (2012). Childhood obesity: a global public health crisis. International Journal of Preventive Medicine, 3(1), 1-7. Lobstein, T., Jackson-Leach, R., Moodie, M. L., Hall, K. D., Gortmaker, S. L., Swinburn, B. A., & et al. (2015). Child and adolescent obesity: part of a bigger picture. The Lancet, 385(9986), 2510-2520. Taber, D. R., Chriqui, J. F., Powell, L., & Chaloupka, F. J. (2013). Association between state laws governing school meal nutrition content and student weight status: implications for new USDA school meal standards. JAMA Pediatrics, 167(6), 513-519. White, E. G. (1864). An appeal to mothers. Battle Creek, MI: Seventh-day Adventist Publishing Association. Williams, A. J., Henley, W. E., Williams, C. A., Hurst, A. J., Logan, S., & Wyatt, K. M. (2013). Systematic review and meta-analysis of the association between childhood overweight and obesity and primary school diet and physical activity policies. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10(1), 1. Woo Baidal, J. A., & Taveras, E. M. (2014). Protecting progress against childhood obesity—the National School Lunch Program. New England Journal of Medicine, 371(20), 1862-1865.

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  • Jesus Loves Everybody | Discovering Your Identity

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