Teaching kids how to have consistency in life is an important lesson for parents to be intentional about teaching. Consistency in life will happen in three ways with your children: intentional teaching, intrinsic nature and their own exposure to constants in their life.
The nature vs. nurture debate has been solved for me. The reason I still believe in teaching consistency is because I know that kids learn, grown and develop as they are deliberately taught lessons on character.
This lesson is a part of my character development series. There are 52 character traits to work on, one for each of the year. This week the focus is on consistency, and you will find at least 8 lessons on this topic.
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadiest, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58
I want my kids to understand what consistency looks like in different aspects of their lives. Understanding the benefits of consistency is also important to the discussion.
Today we looked at consistency in our relationship with God, our relationship with others, in our work (house work, school word, job, etc.) and in our behavior.
I made a printable so it would be easy for you to re-create this activity with your own kids. This can be done in the home, at school, or at Sunday School.
They decided we could be consistent with God by praying, serving others, going to church and reading the Bible.
In our relationships, we are consistent in the right way when we learn to listen, not interrupt, care, be friendly, smile and say hello and by sharing.
The kids noted that you can be consistent in either good behavior or bad behavior. Intuitive. They decided we could be consistent in a good way if we have a happy heart, obey, listen and take care of their things.
Consistency is found in house work when we clean, have a good attitude, not make a big mess in the first place and have one toy out at a time.
Finally, we are consistent in our school work when we try hard, do our homework without complaining and have patience when trying new things.
Before and After Consistency Drawings
One of my goals is to continue to update my blog posts to provide better content and materials. I have learned much over the years as a blogger.
Some of these lessons I’m doing over with my kids now too. They are so much older, and the lessons are still valuable. I thought you might enjoy seeing their pictures from when we originally did this and then the results now.
You’ll also enjoy the improvement in photography. I guess we are all learning and growing.