MOMENTS FOR MOMS
Encourage Your Children To Ask
By Kimberly Snider
Missionary to the Philippines
- "Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though
it cost all you have, get understanding" (Proverbs 4:7, NIV).
Do you want your kids to be smart? Then encourage them to ask
questions, and don't get impatient when they do.
I know how little boys can be when they want to know how something
works. I understand how little girls can be when they ask "why"
over and over. But questioning minds are intelligent minds. Truthful
answers, answers that make sense, cause children to learn to reason
and understand cause and effect. Asking questions is the natural
way children learn.
Sometimes we get tired of answering obvious questions. But our
answers will encourage children to keep asking, and if they keep
asking, they will keep learning. They will gather information,
put information together, and draw conclusions about life. This
will increase their knowledge and give them confidence in themselves
and in you.
I overheard a wise mother on the bus the other day say, "Child,
you have asked me three times how buses run. I can tell you are
really interested, but I don't know how gasoline runs an engine.
You know, your Uncle Jose is a mechanic. We will ask him on Sunday
to draw you a picture. Let's think of some other things together
that your uncle can explain to you about engines."
That little boy is going to be an executive some day! And the
mom--she gets an A+!
"Moments for Moms," a free email subscription. Copyright
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Ministries of the Assemblies of God. Reprinted with
"Moments For Moms" is written by Kimberly Snider,
a missionary to the Philippines and host of the radio program
"Moments for Mothers." The radio program is produced by
Asia Pacific Media Ministries. The online edition, "Moments
for Moms," is produced and distributed by Media Ministries
of the Assemblies of God, Springfield, Missouri.
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