A favorite book we have turned to over the years is Disciplines of a Godly Family by Kent and Barbara Hughes. My husband and I have benefited greatly from their books, Disciplines of a Godly Woman and Disciplines of a Godly Man too.
I'm sharing several quotes in the area of children and manners that may be a help to you and your family along with some articles and another resource at the end of the post. These apply to us as well as our children and will have more impact if they are modeled by us to our children.
"Here’s our own list that emerged in our childrearing years:
1. Don’t be a tattletale.
2. If you receive a gift you don’t like, do your best not to show disappointment. And say something nice like “Thank you for remembering my birthday.”
3. Don’t gossip. If you do, you won’t be a trustworthy friend, and you will displease God (Prov. 11:11-12; 18:13).
4. Don’t whisper secrets in front of other people. The person left out will get hurt feelings.
5. Cheerfully greet the members of your family in the morning.
6. Always answer when you’re spoken to- and do so respectfully.
7. When you haven’t heard someone clearly, don’t grimace in irritation, but kindly say, “Excuse me?”
8. Always address adults as Mr. or Mrs. or Miss, never by their first names. If they are particularly close family friends, your parents may want you to call them “Aunt” or “Uncle.” This shows respect. In the Southern states children use the friendly but respectful “Miss Suzy” or “Miss Martha” when speaking to adult acquaintances. The important thing here is developing a respect for authority, a quality sadly lacking in our country today." ~ Disciplines of a Godly Family
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
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