Saturday, August 6, 2011

Taking time to teach

We all have tasks we would like to get done for the day. We also have little ones hanging around watching us work. If your children are like mine, they have lots of questions. Sure it would be easier and faster to get our work done without all the interruptions, except this is how they learn, and who better to learn from than Mom and Dad.

The next time one of your children starts asking questions, give them some good answers and take the time to involve them in your project. You will be amazed at what they can learn from you. Remember, don;t be frustrated at them, keep a godly attitude. Give them a chance to rise to the challenge.

Now it's time to brag on my boys. They came to me and said, "Hey, Dad how come we never fixed our dirt bike?" I replied, "It would take a long time to find the electrical problem, and to fix the carburetor." Then they asked if we could go try and fix it. I said, "OK, let's see if we can find the problem."

Since it was their idea, I proceeded to rattle off a list of tools for them to get out. I then told them what to take apart and how to do it. It wasn't long until it was all apart. With some guidance from me on trouble shooting, we soon found and fixed all the problems.

Given the chance, children will rise to the challenge if they are truly interested in the project. That bike sat in the shop for a year, until two ambitious sons of mine rose to the challenge and decided to fix it!

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