raising kids for true greatness

Posted on December 13, 2008

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I have been re-reading one of my favorite parenting books, Raising Kids for True Greatness by Dr. Tim Kimmel.  The gist of Kimmel’s argument is that most parents under-shoot when it comes to their definition of success for their kids – he suggests that greatness is demonstrated in a “passionate love for God that shows itself in an unquenchable love and concern for others.”

Kimmel lists ten ways each person can be a great family member – I wanted to pass them on because I thought they were helpful:

1. Everybody helps everybody . . . always, in whatever ways are needed.

2. Be upbeat, positie, and encouraging.

3. Remember, “please” and “thank you” are not just good manners; they’re the calling cards of a grateful heart.

4. Have a lot of fun, just not at the expense of anyone else.

5. Each week, do your best to eat as many meals as possible toether as a family. You’ll cut the chance of your kids using tobacco and drugs in half and double the chances they’ll bring home A’s on their report cards!

6. Respect one another’s space and stuff.  Ask, and it most likely will be given unto you

7. Guard family traditions, and do your best to celebrate all birthdays, holidays, and major milestones.

8. Guard the morals and integrity of everyone around you. Be sensitive about you communicate, what you view, and whom you bring into the family circle.

9. Be quick to rally around a family member who is down, whether it’s a result of sickness, injury, failure, rejection, or discouragement.

10. Assume that the Lord Jesus is an ex officio participant in every detail of your family. Make sure He always feels at home and comfortable with what’s going on.

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