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As parents, we have a tendency to focus on our children's negative behavior -"Don't do this" or "Stop that" - yet how often do we take the time to explain the right behavior? Scripture instructs all of us, children and adults alike, to remove our sinful behaviors and exchange them for godly attitudes and actions in Colossians 3:12, "Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience, bearing with one another…and forgiving each other."
Through the use of a visually appealing illustration, the "Put on Chart," the authors provide us with seven lessons covering each of the godly characteristics above: compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, bearing with one another and forgiveness. Each lesson refers back to the diagram by asking a question about what the child can observe in the picture. The character trait is then defined and related Scripture verses are shared. Related behaviors and examples are provided so children can look for opportunities to 'put on' the right behavior along with song suggestions, suggested prayer points and reasons to give thanks to God. An example of the lesson on kindness includes the question, "Why is the boy wearing shoes?" with the explanation that the word kindness in Colossians 3 means useful or employed. Being useful to someone else requires action. Kindness is further defined. Scripture verses included 1 John 3:18 and Galatians 6:10 along with others. We are then asked to read Ruth 2:1-16 and discuss four ways Boaz showed kindness to Ruth. A list of ways to bless and help others is included with ideas such as serving them before you at the table, encouraging with words, and many other ideas. Songs, prayer points and give thanks activities follow. While there is no time frame per lesson, I would suggest at least one week per trait to allow plenty of time to develop each godly behavior.
The laminated chart measures 10 ½" x 8" and displays a colorful illustration of a boy and textual information on the traits. Also included are reproducible paper dolls (one boy and one girl) made of white cardstock, making them easy for children to personalize. Like other Doorposts products, this is a practical and effective resource to equip parents in disciplining their children. PB. 36 pgs. ~Deanne