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There was an article recently in TIME Magazine that revealed the results of an American Psychological Association survey showing that a third of teenagers no longer read books for pleasure. As parents, a survey like this may cause us to lecture our kids about the importance of reading, but what if I told you there was a full-proof formula to get your children to read?
And what if I told you that the same formula could get your kids to clean up after themselves, eat healthier, be more responsible on social media, and even develop a practical faith of their own?
Formula - Quote - Author - Paulo - Coelho
The formula is summed up in this quote by author Paulo Coelho: “The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.”
“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion. Paulo Coelho”
Parents - Kids - Day - Shoes - Shoes
You see, as parents we can tell our kids all day long that we want them to put their shoes away . . . but if they see your shoes sprawled on the family room floor every evening, then they know you’re not serious. Likewise, you can lecture your kids about the importance of reading books—you can even bribe them to read more—but when children see their parents reading regularly, that’s when they’re more likely to become readers too.
That’s because our kids are more likely to follow our example than our opinion or advice.
Faith - Kids - Faith - Others - Others—it
It’s the same when it comes to our faith. If we want our kids to have a practical faith that accepts and serves others, then they need to see us accepting and serving others—it’s not enough for parents to tell their children to read their Bibles every day. Daily devotions are important, yes, but our children need to see us living out our faith practically for it to stick. As Andy Stanley says, parents...
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