Monday, May 19, 2008

Learning from Seasoned Parents

I'm sure many have seen videos, TV clips or Discovery Health shows of the Duggars. Anyway, after their latest appearance on the Today Show, I decided to search their site for "words of wisdom" concerning discipline. I love learning how other parents handle things and things I can incorporate into my house to make our home peaceful, loving, fun and God-honoring.

So in my search I saw that they recently posted their "Duggar House Guidelines":

  1. Always use soft words, even when you don’t feel well.
  2. Always display kind actions, even if you have been mistreated.
  3. Show joyful attitudes even when no one is looking.
  4. Have sincere motives with no thought of self-gain.
  5. Think pure thoughts.
  6. Always give a good report of others. Never talebear unless physical harm will come to someone. Use Matthew 18.
  7. Never raise a hand to hit.
  8. Never raise a foot to kick.
  9. Never raise an object to throw.
  10. Never raise a voice to yell.
  11. Never raise an eye to scowl.
  12. Use one toy/activity at a time.
  13. Never let the sun go down on your wrath. (Don’t go to bed angry or guilty)
  14. Amendment J.O.Y. - Make serving your family a priority.
    Put Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last.
Anyway, I always notice how well-mannered all their children are.... not just those 20 minutes but also through the waiting and such (as the Toady Show crew always complements them on their manners and how clean they leave the "guest room"). It's very cool to see how they guide their children......

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