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Habits of a Child's Heart

Raising Your Kids with the Spiritual Disciplines

by Valerie E. Hess

Everyone knows that children learn the most by watching their parents’ example—by doing what they do. Why would learning about spiritual things be any different?

The best time to learn anything—especially the spiritual disciplines—is as a child. In Habits of a Child’s Heart, parents not only learn the spiritual disciplines for themselves, but they also discover how to practice them with their kids and teens.

Broken down into bite-sized, age-specific exercises, the foundations of the Christian life will become lifetime habits. Practice the spiritual disciplines as a family by:

  • Serving others in a practical way
  • Fasting from TV or video games
  • Simplifying schedules and possessions
  • Developing new habits of worship
  • Meditating on specific Bible passages

These are essential skills your kids will take with them wherever they go—long after they grow up and teach the same lessons to their own children.


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