When the Bible says things like “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
God means it. It’s true. It’s what we are to strive to attain, and what we need to confess when we fall short.
There are no excuses, only repentance. There are times it’s more difficult, for sure, but then again, God’s promises are there for us:
“[God’s] grace is made perfect in weakness.” and “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
The dare to not speak anything that isn’t for edification? It’s from God.
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Simple Sanity Saver: Homeschool Checklists for Kids
Checklist tasks can’t be vague, especially for kids. So often, we know what we mean when we write “practice piano” or “complete math page” – but what exactly must be done before it can be checked off turns out to be a more of a mystery to the kids than reasonable.
The more clear and specific you can be on the checklists, the better. Don’t use shorthand or vague tasks unless you are also prepared to follow them up before and after with clear guidance daily – and doesn’t that partially negate the benefit of giving them checklists in the first place?
Before hand a checklist to a child, make sure and go over everything with them and clarify and ask for questions. Then do watch and clarify the first week and periodically after that. What you thought was clear might not be for your kids. Or, they might have strong differing opinions about what done looks like, or they might love to negotiate and think everything is always up for debate. Be aware of those tendencies in your kids and follow up more often with them. Some kids will take that checklist and follow it to a tee – but those types are rarer than the others.
Check out my free reference with 5 tips for using checklists in your homeschool below, but you might also want to check out the personality resources that I have to determine what approach will best help you with each of your children.