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Teach Godly values to your child. Never assume your child will “get it.”

The Adventures of Andy Ant stories are not religious stories as such, but each story makes at least one reference to God. Andy and Joey both know God is involved in their lives. The values taught in these adventures are based on Biblical truth. God should not be reserved for Sunday mornings. Make periodic mentions of God so your child begins to recognize you honor and respect His authority. You are to train up a child in the way that he or she should think and act, so when the child is older, he or she will not depart from their respect for and honor of God.  This is taught, not caught.

Do you what your child to respect and honor the Creator of life? 

If you want your child to be God-honoring, it is important that you bring God into conversations with your child on a regular basis.  For your child to grow to respect the Creator, you need to be acknowledging the Creator. Find a creative way three to four times a day to bring God into your conversations with your child.   If you don’t, who will be doing this?

When you do blow it—and you will.

If you do lose your temper when applying discipline to your child and end up acting like a child yourself, you need to cool down, breath, and then sit down with your child and apologize for your inappropriate behavior.  Your child needs to see you admit wrong when you are wrong.  When your behavior is not appropriate ask your child for forgiveness in handling the situation poorly.  Allow your apology to be a teaching moment for your child.


Discipline should be intentional and appropriate.

As a parent, you should discipline in a direct and intentional way that demonstrates to your child that you are in control and that the behavior requiring discipline is not acceptable. When you are “out of control” in giving discipline, your child will very likely ignore the discipline. Your child may be sitting down on the outside, but standing up on the inside. Be the parent, not an adult kid. There is no reason to “lose your temper.”