Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Printable Obedience Poster

a post by Jenni {aka Mom}

A friend of ours asked for a printable copy of our obedience poster that she could use in her home, and I thought it wouldn't hurt to share it here in case anyone else had an interest. 

Our obedience poster is a simple, practical tool we use in the obedience training of our children. It's just a simple set of lists I typed up in Publisher and printed on colored paper for a reminder in our home. 

Our boys are getting older, and can receive reminders that are more specific than what they received as little guys. We can now hone in further on specific areas/aspects of obedience and come along side each child as they strive to develop a better attitude, better follow through, or to improve in whatever area they are struggling in.

We've found that displaying a reference where we all can see it helps Mom and Dad to remember the heart of the issue at hand when a matter of obedience arises and gives us a clear standard to point to when correcting or instructing one of the children. 

Prior to using a tool like this for the first time, we review and/or give instruction in that area and introduce the reminder tool to the boys. This can usually be done at the opening or close of family devotions, just after supper, or during another time we're all gathered as usual. Once introduced, the poster is referred to as needed throughout the week to illustrate areas of struggle as well as highlight areas of victory. 

It should go without saying that children's obligations of obedience are those "in the Lord" (Ephesians 6:1), and that obedience is not required to parents' requests or demands for behavior that is contrary to Scripture (which would likely thus be contrary to civil law and/or a risk to the health and well being of the child or others, etc...). The lists on our obedience poster apply to Christian households living biblical lives and striving to please the Lord in all they do.

Feel free to save or print your own copies, if you'd like, or to do your own spin-off that fits your family's needs.

You can download the pdf file here:
Obedience Poster

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