Consistency and Teaching Kids to be Even Keeled
I grew up with a dad who enjoys sailing. Therefore, I understand the purpose and importance of a keel.
Discover boating says that a keel “prevents the boat from being blown sideways by the wind, and it holds the ballast that keeps the boat right-side up.” Basically, It helps the boat stay in balance and not lean to one side. This causes a boat to stay afloat.
I think it’s a perfect parallel to the consistency we’ve been talking about with our kids this week.
We don’t want our personality and behavior to become unbalanced and unpredictable. There are times to be spontaneous, but when it comes to character, we want to have God as our keel so we can stay stable and not drown in this thing called life.
Today, we made boats out of ice. I wanted to just make ice, but I couldn’t figure out how to get both a mast and sail on both ends.
So, instead I was satisfied with making the ice it in a small Tupperware container.
I the container with water and then stuck it, with nothing in it, in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Then, I opened it and checked. It was starting to freeze, so I poked the straw in. The straw still wouldn’t stand up straight, so I put it back in for 10 minutes and checked again.
It was fairly hard but still soft enough to stick in the straw, so I put the straw in, and it still leaned a bit. I kept the straw in and put it back in for five minutes.
After that time, I straightened it one last time and then left it alone to let the straw set and the ice harden.
In the mean time, we made a sail for our boat.
I used a cork to act as the keel. Not a good idea…a cork is boyant! Ha – Mom fail. Not the first one and not the last.
I am going to try again to make a boat that will work. The attempt here was a pretty big fail.
Even with a failed attempt, I was able to talk about the concept of being even keeled. With the ship that sunk, I could use the comparison of a life that is off balanced. The results can be harmful.
I talked about keeping God as our keel because he will always be there to help us make our lives and character more consistent.
I also showed them a picture on the web of a boat and its keel.
When we put our boats in the bath tub, I realized my colossal fail. Both ships didn’t float well anyway because I didn’t let them harden all the way (ran out of time), so they just didn’t stay afloat.
I wonder if the straw was too long and the paper too heavy too. I’m not sure. I hope the whole concept wasn’t lost because of them watching our ships get destroyed.
You could try to make an ice boat…I googled it, and there are successes. You might want to try another method of making a boat with a keel. I found a good one for you on Martha Stewart’s website.
Character Development Series
If you are new to my character development series, let me tell you a little bit more about these lessons. If you check out my character development tab, you will discover 52 character traits we work on throughout the year, which equals one word per week to focus on with your kids.
Hovering over the tab will reveal all of the words. Each character trait has 7-9 lessons, so if you wanted to work on character daily, this can be an amazing resource.
This year, I want to focus on cleaning up my series by presenting the lessons to you be compiling all of my lessons on a particular week, this week focusing on consistency.
In this series, you will find a word, definition, scripture to memorize, book lists and a number of activities and crafts related to the topic.
I hope you are inspired to work on character with your kids because being intentional in your parenting will help give great direction to both you and your children.