Situations for Training:
Playing Games (both board games and sport):
Playing board games/sporting games need to be played by the rules. It can be confusing for the younger kids if we change the rules because they are younger. We prefer to keep game rules as per the box (though this hasn’t always happened). This helps in two ways
When the younger kids learn to play by the rules they aren’t out looking for special treatment. In our family this means we do have some games that the younger kids don’t play. Playing a game is not their automatic right – it is a privilege earned. They earn the freedom (privilege) to play by showing us that they can play by the rules and have a happy heart if they lose.
The second way playing by standard rules helps our children is especially important if they are going to play the game outside of the family. Life is just so much easier if you play it by the rules!
To bring this lesson home you can set up a game of cricket or rounders in the backyard. Tell everyone that they can play with their own rules. I have found it easier to ask them before hand
How would you like this game to be played? to prep them to go their own way. Otherwise, they tend to hold back and wait for a leader, which kind of defeats the whole exercise. We want chaos! We cannot live in a world where everyone lives to his or her own rules.
This is a very significant discussion to have with your pre-teens/teenagers as they start to see the impact on society where rules are flexible and people do live their lives however they like – regardless of any set of rules (namely, The 10 Commandments)
Story about Ping by Marjorie Flack
Poky little Puppy (Little Golden Book)
The boy who cried wolf – Aesop’s Fables
Bible stories – Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, I don’t think I need to write a list – the Bible is full of stories where people chose to disobey rather than obey God’s commands
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