RAISE KIDS RIGHT
Half-Hour Power Principle: Build character in children by showing them yours.
an you really have a tremendous impact on a child in just thirty minutes? Oh,
If your kids give you thirty minutes, take it!
I know that some parents think the idea of planning half-hour activities with their kids is strange. But something else I discovered is that kids get bored quickly. They may enjoy thirty minutes of family banter, but then they get squirrelly and want to do something different. You cannot take that personally; that’s just how kids are, especially in this era of electronic distractions and 24/7 entertainment.If your kids give you thirty minutes, take it! You can throw a lot of baseballs or footballs to your son in a half hour. You can work through a signiﬁcant re-lational problem that has been plaguing your daughter all day—in a half hour. You can give them guidance on their homework in a half hour. You can dream about their future together in thirty minutes. You can even buy your daughter a dress in a half hour—at least once! Those half hours I spent shopping with Kristie really paid dividends. She is one of the great leaders in our church.
Excerpted from The Power of a Half Hour by Tommy Barnett Copyright © 2013 by Tommy Barnett. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.