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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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