“As long as they're happy” or “We just want them to be happy” is what I grew up hearing grown-ups say about their adult children. Something just never felt right about that to me. Maybe because this often felt like a sort of acceptance of sinful or bad behavior their children were exhibiting. Now, as a Mom, I've realized that there is so much deeper than happiness to hope for my children. What I really want them to be is wise. Wisdom produces happiness and helps you make smart choices. Wisdom fears the Lord and trusts in Him.
So, I started reading my kids from Proverbs every day before school. What's really nifty is that the most days a month could have is 31 and there are 31 chapters of Proverbs. So, for instance, on November 8, we read something from Proverbs 8. This is helpful because besides teaching about wisdom I also know the date from the beginning of the day!
The problem I quickly discovered is that some of the Proverbs are not 'child-friendly'. Besides that, some of the words are complicated and need explanation, so reading a whole chapter made their little brains freeze over with too much knowledge. Therefore, I decided to read it through myself, pick one or two verses on a theme that they could apply, either now or in the future, and then talk to them about that.
Would you like your children to be happy? Then, teach them how to be wise. Below is a link with a free devotional for each day of a month from Proverbs. Hopefully, this will equip you to teach your kids wisdom they can use now and for their whole lives.
"If Mama's not happy, no one's happy!" What Brings You Happiness is a blog designed to encourage you to take better care of yourself so you can take better care of others. Click on the categories below to find how I've dealt with various situations in light of who I am.