Let’s Talk About Joy
- Joy comes from God: Remind your children that the purpose of life is to please God and tell others about Him. When they understand what has been done for them through Jesus, they can be joyful no matter the circumstance. Also see “Values for Children: Faith”.
- Healthy Habits: Well rested, well fed, and active children are more joyful. Help your children establish healthy bedtime routines so they get plenty of sleep. Make them eat their vegetables, and teach them to take care of themselves.
- Joy is a Habit of the Heart: Joy is a choice. Make it easier for your children to choose it by teaching them to control their emotions. This Values for Children series is a good place to start.
- Just Smile: As always, set the example for your children. It is easy to get caught in the drudgery of menial tasks. Remember to smile. Leave notes for yourself around the house if need be. Also, singing is a great way to bring joy to your home. If you struggle with this, here are some great songs to help you bring the joy of music to your home.
Have any tips on teaching children about Joy? Please leave a comment!
Books that Teach Values: Joy
In this book Mr. Happy’s mission is to spread his joy to another. Many of the Mr. Men and Little Miss books teach children the importance of being joyful and how they can make a difference in the lives of others.
Strong character and social finesse are essential for success in life. The books included in this set will teach your children to act in accordance with Biblical virtues, like: love for God, respect for authority, hard work, self-discipline, personal accountability, and an awareness and concern for others.
These books give parents practical ideas for fostering these virtues in their children’s day to day lives. We have also included Responsibility Charts that help help parents systematically introduce chores and responsibilities to their children.
Activities That Teach Values: Joy
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Bekka Joy says
This is just beautiful! What a fabulous post and something I really want to instill in my own daughter. Now following your blog! x Thanks for sharing, please come say hi at Just For Daisy sometime. Found you via G+ x
Great stuff here! I love the activities and links. 🙂
Danya Banya says
Gorgeous! Joy is so important. I find when I notice that I’m not feeling joyful, I get down on the ground, and invite my daughter over for a hug. It always helps to recentre us. 🙂
Janine LaTulippe says
That is so important! I agree, it always gives me a smile.
Jen @Marine Wife, Mommy and Life says
LOVE the bag toss and bubbles!!! Thanks for linking up to the Saturday Social Mix!! Following via GFC & G+! 🙂 Have a great week hun!
Sarah @ MommyNotes says
Love all these great ideas! Joy is such a precious thing to be able to teach our kids. Thanks for linking up to Mommy Brain Mixer! Have a great rest of your week…
What a great post! I’m always praying that God will fill my little girl with the fruits of the Spirit…and me too. I know that sometimes I’m just downright unjoyful and know that unless I myself practice joy, there’s no way my kids will pick it up. Thank you for these tangible ways we can teach our kids (and ourselves!). After all, if we believe in Jesus and salvation, what’s not to be joyful about, right? Thank you for linking with me this week, Tulip!
Great post! I would like to share this on our foster parent blog if you dont mind? fosterparentrescue.blogspot.com… Think people would love it… (i would link to you here of course…) thanks for sharing!
Create With Joy says
Thanks for sharing your JOY with us at Inspire Me Monday – I fond your post particularly inspiring!
Have a wonderful week and as always,
Create With Joy
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Janine LaTulippe says
Thanks Diane! I am so glad you liked it.