Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Discover a Child's Imagination - Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World!

Yesterday I wrote about the book Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World by Jill Rigby which Harvest House sent me to review. I said, "if you only read - and recommend - one parenting book, make Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World the book you read and recommend."

There is much which can - and needs to be said about movies, TV, internet, social media and the use of mobile devices and the impact these have on children. Take some time to read what Jill has to say about these things - it will get you thinking and open your eyes for sure. 

Jill encourages parents to turn off the TV and "wired" world and discover your child's imagination! She says, "Children aren't born with knowledge  but they are born with an abundance of imagination. It breaks my heart that children don't know how to use their imaginations anymore. We've robbed them of opportunities to do so. Rather than engaging children's imaginations with thought-provoking activities we entertain them with mindless amusements."

Jill provides an abundance of ideas for activities which will engage and encourage your child's imaginations, but basically she calls upon us to, "be a kid with our kids" and gives you an alphabet full of ways to do so! My favorites are . . . 
  • Always smile - do this especially when you don't feel like it
  • Blow bubbles - walk in the house with a bottle of bubbles in hand.
  • Color in a coloring book 
  • Draw a self-portrait (I had my children do this one year when they were little and framed their self-portraits . . . they are still on my wall and one of my all-time favorite gifts I've ever received!)
  • Uncontrollable laughter - start giggling for no apparent reason - your kids will join you.
  • Zoo animal sounds
She also encourages us to, "plug into reading" and provides seven suggestions to encourage children to read. I like all her suggestions, but would add - help your children write their own stories and make their own books! I love when Josiah does this!

Families who do these things will be stronger, and isn't this what we want for our children and grandchildren?

As I've said a few times now, "When we find a resource which is excellent, we should share it with our children.Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World is an excellent resource; one which we absolutely should share!"

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