Family Time Training: Teaching Children Delayed Gratification
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Anticipating a Family Time Activity
This month I had the privilege of doing a lesson about delayed gratification from Family Time Training. Can I just tell you how much my kids loved this little activity? They were so excited that we were going to do something new and fun that we’ve never tried before. When I mentioned the plan, they speculated what it might be. As I filled our bucket with ice, water, and marbles, they threw out all sorts of crazy ideas. They marveled at how very cold the water was while I gathered my camera and bible.
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Learning about Delayed Gratification
My kids took their best guesses on what they thought delayed gratification meant and then I read the definition from the lesson. We discussed a few good examples that they would be able to relate to and then we read our verses from the bible. I always enjoy reading from the bible with my children because Iron Man can read very well, however his comprehension of what he just read lines right up with his age and life experience. Princess Ballerina still lives in la-la land a lot of the time so she’s kind of hit or miss on comprehension as well. I find that it’s always beneficial to make sure they understand the meaning of the words they are reading and then wrap the whole concept up for them after we’ve read it through a couple of times.
Lessons for Adults and Kids Alike
This verse really blessed me when we read it. If you want a conversation starter just read this verse with your kiddos and let the questions fly. It was such a gentle reminder to me as I explained to my children that this world is not our home. The world may be against us but we count ourselves as blessed! After reading through Matthew 16:19-21 (another excellent opportunity to explore our worldly tendencies against our heavenly purpose) we got ourselves psyched up to get chilly!
My little Princess Ballerina struggled a bit with the discomfort of this activity. She did get some marbles but not nearly as many as her brother. That’s to be expected as she’s just 5! Iron Man is 7 and really took this challenge seriously. I guarantee you they won’t forget what delayed gratification is after this frigid lesson!
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