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Encouraging Maturity in Children

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My post about self sufficiency in children [2] got me thinking about how children mature in doing tasks that benefit themselves and others.

It seems to me that there are levels of maturity, natural progression, that I see take place in children.

 

 

 

 

There is no way that I know to move children from one level to another, except time and encouragement. Assigning a child to do a thing, only moves him to the fourth level of fulfilling expectations. The final level is only achieved through his awareness and compassion. He must move there himself, but you can guide him.

I often talk to my children about serving others and the motivation for doing so. We talk about the examples in scripture of self sacrifice. I tell them, “A sign of maturity is that you don’t wait to be told what to do. You look around and see what needs to be done.

“Jesus came not to be served, but to serve.”

Talk plainly and often with your children about why we help others. Don’t settle for your children doing what is expected of them. Nudge them to do good for the sake of others.