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Sunday Snippet: Se7en Seek To Walk with the Wise… and a GiveAway…

March 14th, 2012 · 34 Comments

In the world of the mothering there is so much to teach our kids and if you homeschool then so much more… we want our kids to grow up to be honorable men and women, we have a mental list of virtues that we would like them to have as adults. Courage, perseverance, responsibility, self-discipline, compassion, loyalty, honesty… and more!!! Somewhere between teaching to tie laces and how to make a sandwich our mental list of “must teach lessons” can quickly become a list of good intentions!!! Often the thought of teaching these valuable lessons is just overwhelming.


It is easy to mark a math sheet and it is easy to tick an essay off the list. It is not so easy to teach your child how to respect others and to gather up an honorable character in the walk of life. Everybody knows that we all follow examples and not advice. And thats why these lessons are so hard to teach. Most folk do not learn from lectures… nothing will glaze your child’s eyes over faster – no matter how old they are. It is up to us to provide them with great examples of honorable men and women.

Proverbs 13:20

Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

So where do you find examples of honorable men and women for our children to emulate:

  1. Surround them with honorable people: There are people that we all know that we look up to and respect… let your children hang out with them. Invite them to dinner, have them round for coffee and let your kids have chance to chat with them and learn from them. Talk about them, what is admirable about them, what do your kids like about them?
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  3. Introduce them to folks from all walks of life: We are lucky to live in a part of the world where there are so many eclectic cultures… the more folk you know from different cultures the easier to is to understand and relate to them. The more friends you have across all walks of life the easier it is to be respectful of folks who don’t have the same lifestyle as your own.
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  5. Bible Characters: There are so many great heroes in the Bible and if you read their stories many of them failed at one time or another. Despite their mistakes they were great examples of men and women filled with honorable traits. Talk to your children about their favorite characters, discuss the great things they did and ask what they would have done in the same situation.
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  7. Read to them about honorable people: Share biographies at the dinner table… a chapter a night. It is amazing how much your kids will learn from a book that is just read to them without an associated lecture – they do get it, we don’t have to explain everything.
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  9. Make sure they have lots of time to hang out with their siblings: It is often so easy to get caught up in activities and not even have time to hang out with our own brothers and sisters but often it is close to home that we learn a lot about coping with others who may have different opinions. Let your kids sort out their differences, talk about how it would feel to be the other person in a squabble.
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  11. Take a look at themselves: Often we overlook how great our own kids are. Encourage them when they do well… I don’t mean over praise… but I do think that when one of my kids has done something especially thoughtful it is worth encouraging. Encourage them to serve each other and surprise each other with something lovely. An offer to read a younger sibling a story, to secretly do an older siblings chore before they get to it.
  12. Sunday nights are for conquering the library book pile... Read it!!!

  13. Read endless stories to them: Books are packed with noble characters and lots of less than noble characters. The world of stories is a great place to meet and talk about those folk that are outstanding and those that aren’t. Let the goodness rub off on your kids. Take Heidi for example, she wasn’t perfect and got into lots of scrapes, but she was a great kid with outstanding virtues. We can all learn a lot from the characters within the pages of a fabulous book.
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    And the se7en + 1th idea:

  15. Be the good example: I think we often avoid these lessons because we feel like such failures but our kids are indeed watching our every move anyway. Of course we make mistakes, but I think that is when they are observing us especially closely. They will learn from our apologies!!! And how do we react to our mistakes… Just what do you do when you are running late? What do you do when you forget something important? Our kids are watching and learning.

We have another fun GiveAway for you this week, DayOne Publications have brought out a new series:

The stories are about Peter and Liesl, two regular children – just like yours, who have some interesting adventures… In the first book they learn that the animals in the forest can speak… and they learn about what to do when you are scared… it is a lesson on courage. The second book is about Timidy, a young squirrel, who didn’t listen and wandered too far from home… he gets into a bit of a pickle, but manages to dash home to safety just in time. The books are large format paper back books, they have interesting illustrations and provide lots of place for discussion. Each story is split into a couple of very short chapters interspersed with discussion pages and things to think about.

This GiveAway works in the usual way, comment before the end of this coming Sunday, 18 March 2012, and we will draw and publish the winners next week! – I won’t respond to your comments as I do on our other posts because I don’t want to be included in our own giveaway.

As usual I have to thank CBD, our GiveAway book suppliers of more great books.


Our GiveAways are open to everyone: If you have won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. If you live on the far side of the world – enter away. Postage takes forever from here but eventually it should get to you! Good luck and get commenting!!!

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34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jo // Mar 14, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Thanks for this post, such great tips! I’d love to be able to read these books to my boys.

  • 2 aunty muffin // Mar 14, 2012 at 11:18 am

    very valuable lessons indeed! great post!

  • 3 Jerusha // Mar 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    When you get the basics right like you guys do, not much else matters! What a lovely post.
    Jerusha´s last blog post ..Me on Becoming You

  • 4 Christine // Mar 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Ah! There’s a line! I say it so often that I’ve heard my kids’ friends state it.

    “Set the good example.”

    It’s actually pretty amazing how early children realize what the “good example” is. It is also incredibly impressive how much more effective it is to say that simple phrase than to say, “Don’t do that,” or some lecture on the whys and wherefores of proper behavior.
    Christine´s last blog post ..Fear vs. numbers

  • 5 Gina // Mar 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Great advice! And those books look fun! Love the drawing of Queen Esther!

  • 6 Pam F. // Mar 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    What a nice post. These books look great!

  • 7 Cara // Mar 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Please count me in – would love to read them to my kids.

  • 8 Valerie // Mar 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I really enjoy reading your posts. Thanks Seven +1!

  • 9 Elizabeth // Mar 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Recently discovered your blog and we are really enjoying it! Thank you ~

  • 10 Delene // Mar 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    What a great post. I so desire that my kids grow in God. The books look like a winner.

  • 11 Rikki // Mar 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    These look like wonderful books!

  • 12 Linda B // Mar 14, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Sound like good books. Thanks again!

  • 13 Krista // Mar 15, 2012 at 3:45 am

    Count me in! Sound like great books!

  • 14 Kimberly // Mar 15, 2012 at 4:07 am

    Thanks once again for such a lovely, thoughtful post! You did a great job breaking down what can sometimes be a vague idea. And the books sound wonderful!

  • 15 Corli // Mar 15, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Thank you for the thought provoking post. And yes, please sign us up for the book draw!
    Corli´s last blog post ..winter beauties

  • 16 Christine // Mar 15, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Your book give away choices are always so wonderful looking…. I wish I could just win them all! Great post 🙂
    Christine (Ontario, CAN)

  • 17 Sasha // Mar 15, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Always such lovely posts. I love your blog – so inspiring – and such a lovely family! X

  • 18 Lesley // Mar 15, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Thanks again for choosing such lovely books. Love to win but if not thanks for the encouragement and inspiration.

  • 19 Joyful Mama // Mar 15, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Would love to win this…And I LOVE the picture of your son reading to the youngest Se7en!!

  • 20 Wendy Meijer // Mar 15, 2012 at 10:21 am

    wow, these look like great books!
    Wendy Meijer´s last blog post ..Corn in the kitchen

  • 21 Katherine Aitken // Mar 15, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Fantastic Giveaway. We would love to win these.
    Thank you so much.

  • 22 Irma // Mar 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Hi, lovely post. Please count us in!

  • 23 mandimadeit // Mar 16, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Loved this post, Se7en.
    Fantastic giveaway too. Yay!
    mandimadeit´s last blog post ..Bellabagheera

  • 24 Angelle // Mar 16, 2012 at 2:24 am

    What wonderful books. Would love to read thesr to my children.

  • 25 Sherrin // Mar 16, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Maybe just maybe it will be us this time :)!

  • 26 SuperG // Mar 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Loved these ideas. The giveaway books look adorable.

  • 27 Brigitte // Mar 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    We would love to have those! Lovely post.

  • 28 Elizabeth-G. // Mar 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Maybe this time…
    Thank you for your giveaway and all inspiring posts.

  • 29 Tammy // Mar 16, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Ah these look lovely.

  • 30 Deb // Mar 18, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Please include us in the drawing, we would love to read these books together!

  • 31 Karen M // Mar 18, 2012 at 5:47 am

    What sweet looking books with important messages. I’m sure my kids would love them! Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  • 32 Sunday Snippet: Se7en Seek To Walk With the Wise – A Give Away Winner… » se7en // Mar 19, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    […] 19th, 2012 · No Comments I know you are dying to know who the winner is from last week’s post. So I am going to be super quick about it!!! These were the GiveAway […]

  • 33 Jenni // Mar 21, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Great tips! Thank you. 🙂
    Jenni´s last blog post ..Cloth Diaper Styles: All-In One

  • 34 se7en // Mar 22, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Thanks for stopping by Jenni, Glad you liked the tips… Hope you have a great day!!!

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