Keys for Kids

Parent Minute

Selfishness. It’s in every family.

Posted on 5/13/2016 by Greg Yoder

Kids are funny, aren’t they? A mother was making pancakes for her sons, five-year-old Kevin and three-year-old Ryan. The boys began to argue over who was going to get the first one. Their mom saw this as an opportunity to teach them something. “If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, ‘Let my brother have the first pancake. I can wait.’ ” Well, Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, “Ryan, why don’t YOU be Jesus?” Isn’t that funny? When our kids are fighting or arguing about everyday things, we need to use these moments to teach them something. That’s what Jesus did. If they’re being mean, encourage them to treat each other as they would want to be treated. If they’re being selfish, teach them how Jesus was selfless. Life isn’t always easy, but there are always lessons to be learned.

Suggested Reading: Matthew 7:12, Philippians 2:3-4

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