The Elementary Years: Teach Them to Say No
Thursday, January 28, 2021
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“You surely know that your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives. The Spirit is in you and is a gift from God. You are no longer your own.” 1 Corinthians 6:29 CEV
Thoughts for Today
Begin to teach your school age children about drugs and alcohol. It is quite common today for children in grade school to be offered drugs, especially tobacco, alcohol or marijuana. This is true, unfortunately, even in many Christian schools.
Teach them that drug use of any type is not acceptable, and is, in addition, against the law. Teach them to say NO! Ask them how they would handle a situation where drugs were offered. Listen to them and avoid condemnation but be sure they understand the boundaries you have set and why you have set them.
Consider this …
Teach your children that using anything that harms their body is not pleasing to God. As believers, our bodies are his temple, and we should keep ourselves clean and pure for him.
Father, help my children understand that their bodies are your dwelling place. Help me teach them the dangers of drugs and prepare them to say NO. Help them make right choices.
In Jesus’ name …
These thoughts were drawn from … Godly Parenting: Parenting Skills at Each Stage of Growth by N. Elizabeth Holland, M.D. This study addresses parenting skills from the time of conception until the child has reached adulthood. It suggests methods for raising healthy, godly children in an increasingly secular society. Specific emphasis is placed on communication and teaching skills, discipline, protection and sexual issues at each age. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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