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Things You Need to Know Before Telling a Story To Your Children

Bedtime stories aren't just about putting your kids to sleep -- they’re about introducing your children to a world of imagination and helping them understand the world. They’re about keeping your child happy and engaged, making bedtime stories for children a pleasure. It’s not enough to just tell the story, though. So before you head over to the bookshelf, pick out your favorite tale, and dive into the art of storytelling, here are helpful tips to become an effective storyteller. (more…)

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Don’t Say This to Your Kids

Talking to Kids Advice for Parents

Words matter. What a parent says to their child affects how that child acts, speaks, and believes. In Proverbs 22:6, parents are told to "Start children off on the way they should go," and given the promise that if they do so, "even when they are old they will not turn from it." How can parents start their children off right and train them in the way they should go? What sorts of words do build a child up and not tear them down?

Good Parenting Tips: What Not to Say to Your Child

• You are so... Parents who praise a child for being smart or athletic or for some other quality may feel they are supporting their children. However, research indicates that being praised for a character trait, rather than effort, caused kids to be discouraged when they failed. Saying, "Your hard work on practicing sure paid off," or "I can tell you studied hard for that test," encourages children to be confident that they can tackle even more difficult challenges. (more…)

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The Importance of Teaching Humility to Children

All Christian parents want to instill a sense of humility in their children. Although there are many great ways of teaching humility to children, it's important to remember that God wants parents to rely on Him. As long as a parent has been a good example, and as long as the children are being taught to depend on God, God holds that child's heart in the palm of His hand. Proverbs 22:6 says, "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it."

Biblical Humility

In Romans 12:3, Paul writes, "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you." Humility is best described as appropriate thinking about oneself. Humility is the opposite of pride, which is inappropriate thinking about oneself. When a Christian demonstrates a prideful attitude, he is taking credit for his actions, leaving no credit for them whatsoever to the Lord. Humility does just the opposite. Humility acknowledges the fact that a person is willing and capable to achieve a goal, however, glory for that achievement is given to God. Humility is an important lesson for all children to learn, and it's up to the parents to begin these lessons at an early age, right in the home. (more…)

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Question Kids Ask: Why do we need to read the Bible?

Children have a knack of asking great questions. When you start to introduce him to something new like the Bible he will soon ask the big question: "Why do we need to read the Bible?"

Importance of Bible

The Bible is the most important book in the world. It is the Word of God, which communicates life to us. The message that comes from the book is the message of God, because he is the author. Chosen people wrote down what God is thinking, through the Holy Spirit they manage to speak on behalf of God. It teaches us the TRUTH and speaks to people's hearts in every time and place. It tells the story of humankind and the covenant of God with his people. It is important to know and understand that Christ is the center of the Bible - he died on the cross so mankind (every man, woman, boy and girl) could be forgiven from sin.

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness."

2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV)

To Parents: Why we should read it?

Books have introduced and taught you many things - different places, cultures, information, languages, practices and more. We bet you enjoy reading comics, graphic novels or animated presentations; likewise, children appreciate and remember better through pictures and colorful visuals. While the Bible is filled with stories that can be used for teaching values and character to your children, the language and concepts may be too heavy for them to grasp. But by storytelling with the help of storybooks - your child will be keen to listen, will most likely to ask questions and will get motivated to read.

Shared Reading

There is bonding created through shared reading between you and your child. It is a full expression of how important your children are by giving quality time in reading storybooks - where he/she learn new words, values and cultures as you sit beside them giving support and encouragement. Indeed, the quality time you spent to your child is a love in action. Reading the Bible is like us showing the way to the future generations. Thank God The Mini Ark is here, committed to provide you a fully illustrated storybooks with words that children can easily understand to help them learn, interact and have fun.

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How to teach children good values using Bible stories?

Every parent wants to teach their children how to know right from wrong, how to be unselfish, and how to look out for the hurts of others. How can you teach your children these important lessons? Of course you need to model these actions in your everyday life, but an important part of Christian parenting is also teaching children good values by using Bible stories. How do you do that?   The Bible is the best source for Christian parenting. The stories in the Bible show people who make right and wrong choices, and show both consequences of sin and the blessing of following God. For example, you can read the story of the baby Moses in Exodus 2:2-10.  In this story, you can talk about the faith of Moses' mother, who trusted God to take care of her baby. Your children will delight along with you to learn how God answers her prayers by making Pharaoh's daughter find and rescue Moses. Children also love to imagine what it would be like to be older sister Miriam, who watched the baby Moses all day. You can talk to them about how they can show responsibility by taking care of younger children too.   Christian parenting is all about taking advantage of opportunities to talk with your children. When you read a Bible story together, let the children tell you what they think about each person in the story.  When you read the story of Joseph's dreams in Genesis 37:3-10, you can ask them, "Was Joseph right to tell his family about his dreams?" Their answers will help you understand their thinking. If they say he was right to speak the truth, good Christian parenting can use that comment to encourage them to be truthful, but not in a boastful way. You can talk about Paul's admonition in Ephesians 4:15 to "speak the truth in love."   Furthermore, the Bible doesn't shy away from difficult moral situations, and Christian parenting doesn't either. You can use the Bible stories as a springboard for talking about right and wrong thoughts, acts and behavior. Let your children tell you what they think about Joseph's brothers selling him into slavery in Genesis 37:1-34. Use your discussion of Bible stories to help your children understand what each person did that was against God's commands. Christian parenting helps kids see that Joseph was boastful, his brothers were violent, and his father played favorites.   Luckily for Joseph and his family, that isn't the end of the story. Christian parenting and teaching your children good values through Bible stories also means teaching them about repentance, forgiveness and restoration. As you and your children read the story of Joseph in Genesis 39, they will see how Joseph continues to do the right thing, even when he is accused falsely. In Genesis 42-45, the story of how God brings Joseph's brother's to repentance and reunites the family gives you a chance to show your children how God works in all circumstances.   Another key story for Christian parenting is Job. In Job chapters 1 and 2, you and your children can read how Job continues to be faithful and obedient to God even though God allows Satan to test him by taking away his riches, his family, his health and the sympathy of his friends. Job's story helps you strengthen your own children when they are tested. Moreover, reading the end of Job's story in chapter 43, you can remind your child that God rewards us when we are obedient to him.

Christian parenting is easier when you have colorful and well-written Bible stories to read together online. Bible stories that you can read together as a family help Christian parenting become more a natural part of your everyday life. Best of all, when you read and share Bible stories about good values with your children, those lessons also become part of your own devotional life with God! Subscribe in a reader

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Bringing The Bible To Life For Your Children

Every Christian parent wants their children to begin life with a solid foundation in the Bible. Children with this foundation will become adults who build upon that foundation. You want to give your child every opportunity to learn about God's love and how to apply the Bible to the situations they face. In order to make an impact on your child, it's important to learn how to teach your child to study the Bible.

Read The Bible For Yourself

One of the best things you can do to teach your child to study the Bible is to model Bible reading yourself. Your children are watching everything you do and it's only natural for them to copy you. This is evident even in little babies. Children who see their parents reading the Bible will gain an interest in what their parents are doing. Because children love to have stories read to them, your children will eventually ask you to read something to them from what you're reading. When your children see you reading your Bible, you will convey the message to them that reading their Bible and learning what it says is important.

Use Age-Appropriate Bible Story Books

There are many great books on the market with Bible stories that have beautiful pictures to illustrate the story. These books are designed with children in mind to connect with them on their level. The Mini Ark Online Bible Storybook is a great site you and your child can access together and experience Bible stories in a new way. Having the story illustrated right in front of them helps the story to come alive. Because the Bible is "living and active" (Hebrews 4:12), do what you can to make it living and active to your child. Bible story books are a great way to teach children to read the Bible because they learn well from the lessons other people have learned in their lives. Stories are also useful reference when your child faces a problem. For example, if your daughter is nervous about making a speech in class, you can talk to her about David and Goliath and how David trusted God to help him slay the giant. No problem is too big for your daughter if she trusts God to be in control.

Ask God For Understanding Together

Prayer is a great tool, however it's something that we sometimes forget to use when teaching our children how to read the Bible. Before you begin studying the Bible together (or reading a Bible story book together), take some time to talk to God. Ask God to make the words you read real to you and to your child. Ask Him to give you both understanding and to help you to use what you read together in the future. Doing this not only shows your child how important it is to ask God for understanding when something in the Scriptures isn't clear to him or her, but it also models to your child the importance of talking to God for the purpose of having a relationship with Him. By modeling Bible reading to our children, using story books and through prayer, you will lay that Biblical foundation for your child with ease. You will demonstrate that studying the Bible is important, and your child will also feel comfortable coming to you with any questions or concerns he or she might have along the way. Remember to stand on the promises of God: "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it."  Subscribe in a reader

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