Contentedness

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Often we are consumed by the busyness of day-to-day living and we forget to look for opportunities to teach our children God-honouring character traits. These ideas require very little preparation, making it easy for you to share some simple but memorable lessons with your kids. Read over the suggestions at the beginning of your week and choose one or two that will fit your schedule.

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  • “Practice” eating candy

    Fun with food

    Enjoy some small candies, pointing out that the tenth one doesn’t taste as good as the first.

    Discussion point: Enjoying sweets in moderation.

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  • Appearance, desire and deception

    Fun with food

    Sample some candy that looks good on the outside, but doesn’t taste appealing.

    Discussion point: We desire things that often disappoint; always seek God, who never disappoints.

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  • Caught in a trap!

    Science with a twist

    Watch a stuffed toy animal get “caught” in a mousetrap.

    Discussion point: Satan uses many different “baits” to trap us in sin.

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  • Chasing after the wind

    Getting into nature

    Spend time outdoors trying to catch the wind, and flying a kit.

    Discussion point: Pursing pleasures for their own sake is unsatisfying.

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  • Closet cleanup

    Serving others

    Sort through a cupboard, closet or toy box and donate unnecessary articles to a charity.

    Goal: Practice generosity and living with less.

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  • Contentedness challenge

    Any time, Drive time

    While driving or standing in a line up, ask each other, “Can you be content without ________?”

    Discussion point: Develop responses based on Scripture.

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  • Little House on the Prairie fashion

    Drama / Role play

    Live like the Inglalls family for a week, allowing your children only two outfits to wear and two toys to play with.

    Discussion point: Being thankful for what we have.

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  • Rich man, poor man

    Drama / Role play

    Take turns enjoying a day of “luxury” and a day of “poverty.”

    Discussion point: Even luxuries become meaningless if enjoyed without knowing God.

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  • Rotten envy

    Science with a twist

    Immerse an egg in cola and observe how the cola damages the eggshell.

    Discussion point: When we nurture envy, we “damage” our outlook and attitude.

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