Not Provoking Our Children – Way #5

Way #1 – Don’t expect more of them than they are capable of doing or giving.

Way #2 – Be careful how you reprimand them.

Way #3 – Practice what you preach and avoid double standards.

Way #4 - Teach them proper values.

Way #5 – Have good times with your kids.

The writer of Ecclesiastes 3:4 wrote that “There is a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.”  There is a time for everything under the sun. There is definitely a time to laugh and a time to dance. In other words, there is a time to have good times.

Families need to laugh and enjoy memorable moments together. There is nothing better than laughter around a family meal or merriment while enjoying a family picnic.

One of the things adults remember about their childhood is family vacations. The children may ask as they travel in the car, “Are we there yet?” or they may complain about the food or the accommodations, but all those minor distractions will eventually turn into fond memories.

Growing up, my family didn’t take many extended trips as a family. But, I remember every one we did take and count them as a blessing.

Family traditions are also extremely important. Once my wife and I started a family, we developed dozens of family traditions.

Every Christmas morning, I cook breakfast for the family. I made omelets from the time our children were little kids. To this day, we still get together for our Christmas morning traditional breakfast. Our married daughters now have their own Christmas morning traditions, which include getting together with grandma and grandpa for an omelet breakfast. What a great time!

Make sure that you have a time to laugh and a time to dance with your kids. 

Something to think about…