Friday, August 22, 2008

Family Friday

When pregnant with Mr. Intensity, we lived in Little Rock. Some of our close friends, Rob & Gina Flood, had three well-behaved kids (two boys and a baby girl, all under 4 years old). Hubby and I wanted to know what these parents were doing to train their kids so well. So, we invited ourselves over to their house... every Friday night...for dinner...for at least six weeks!

Anyone with kids knows that the dinner hour is not the most pleasant of the day. (At least it isn't at my house.) Hubby and I had the privilege of watching these godly parents teach, reprove, correct and train their children in righteousness. Hubby and I learned so much about parenting from the Flood family. I'm so grateful they opened their home to us and let us ask some really personal questions.

Shortly after we moved to Phoenix, the husband (Rob), wrote an article called the Forgotten Part of Discipline. It is excellent. It will take a few minutes to read but it is worth it. Every word he wrote is true. I witnessed the process. I inquired of his (& Gina's) method. Mr. Intensity benefits today from the investment the Floods made in our family, four years ago.

If you'd like to read more, another article that's worth it's weight in salt is Getting to the Heart of the Behavior by Tedd Tripp. However, if you're only going to read one article, read the Forgotten Part of Discipline.

Last, but certainly not least, is a valuable resource for your marriage. If you feel like your date nights are a bit bland, here are some questions to get the conversation started. Even if you can't go out on a date - print these, sit on the couch after the kiddos are in bed and TALK.

1 comment:

John and Pam said...

That seems like so long ago.....

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