M is for Manners

M - Manners

Manners can be a constant battle. Satan is always after us to try to influence us to be unkind, rude, hurtful, or just plain mean. We are working diligently with the girls, and ourselves, to be Christ-like in our word and actions.

I wanted to have a manners talk with the girls. To do so, I let them have a Bad Manners Tea Party. You read that correct. They had a play tea party and did whatever they wanted, having bad manners throughout. And not just the picking-up-food-with-your-hands kind of bad manners. They talked badly. They were rude to each other. They were unkind. They laughed at each other. They had fun having bad manners. They thought it was all in jest. And they were right. Sort of.

They were also very wrong. You see, we often battle interruptions. We often catch ourselves grumbling. We often find ourselves complaining. We hear the arguing. We often forget to treat others the way we would like to be treated. We often forget to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Did you catch the scripture references?

Luke 6:31

M - Luke 6_31

Philippians 2:14

M - Phil 2_14

Philippians 1:27

M - Phil 1_27

You see, God has given us His Word. To equip us. To assist us. To help us. We need to turn to His Word.

As we chatted about the Bad Manners Tea Party, we tied it into some of what has been going on around the house over the past days, weeks, and months. You see, I let it get out of hand when I get worn down and tired. That is just what Satan is wanting because we allow it to get worse and worse. In our chat, the girls became more and more aware of how many bad manners we were having every day. So, we decided to fight back.

We made a list of good manners and what having good manners means. It means respect. It means kindness. It means love. It means Luke 6:31, Philippians 2:14, and Philippians 1:27. It means being the child of God that we so desire to be. It means work.

Work we will. We are memorizing these scriptures. Or rememorizing them, as the case may be. And we are applying them. Daily. Consistently. Diligently. Because Satan cannot win. He will not win. We are determined to be children of God. At Home.

 

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6 thoughts on “M is for Manners

  1. debmlott July 24, 2014 at 8:34 pm Reply

    We need to focus on manners in our home, too. I like your emphasis on defining what the “good manners” are, rather than just focusing on the negative.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome July 24, 2014 at 10:12 pm Reply

      Thanks for the encouraging note that my home is not the only where this needs work! We still have a long way to go but that is the defining characteristic of raising children, I believe. 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Michele P July 25, 2014 at 1:03 pm Reply

    I love the bad manner tea party idea! We also have had a lot of luck with The Etiquette Factory curriculum. We also read a page from Manners Made Easy for the family every night during our devotion time. When the kids are younger, I think the daily discussion is invaulable!

    • 3gigglygirlsathome July 25, 2014 at 8:47 pm Reply

      Thank you for the curriculum and devotion ideas. I will have to look at those. I agree, that daily discussion is necessary.

  3. Erica B July 27, 2014 at 4:12 pm Reply

    Ha! I love this idea of having a bad manners tea party! What a fun way to bring about a manners discussion. 😉

    • 3gigglygirlsathome July 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm Reply

      The girls definitely have fun with a bad manners tea party and it provides a non-threatening way to then discussion behavior and its impact on others. Thanks for stopping by.

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