Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Got skills?

Psalm 32:8 (New International Version)

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you.

Not only are there many chores we can start teaching our kids early, there are also many social skills as well. In Hide or Seek, Dr. Dobson says, "I read recently that 80% of the people who get fired from their jobs have not failed to perform as required. In other words, they do not lack technical skill or abilities. Their dismissal occurs because they can't get along with people. They misunderstand the motives of others and respond with belligerence or insubordination."

I have seen many books on the shelves of the library and bookstore that teach manners and etiquette. You can start with basic decisions (make sure you only provide choices that you will be OK with your child choosing) and table manners of eating with utensils and using a napkin as well as how to introduce themselves and ask someone's name. By allowing them to introduce themselves even to adults, you will instill in them a confidence that can be applied when choosing and ordering food in a restaurant and making phone calls. Help them practice "small talk" when you enjoy a meal together.

Confidence and proper social skills will help our kids in school and in the world.

Prayer Suggestion: Ask God to help you counsel and instruct your child.

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