Are our houses overflowing with toys? What are we teaching our kids about where to find contentment? Here are 4 practical ways to help our kiddos focus on things that matter from my article, “Roly Polies, Sticks, and Mud: Finding Freedom in Simplicity.” (To read the full article, click here: https://www.church.org/2017/11/08/roly-polies-sticks-mud-finding-freedom-simplicity/ )
1. Have your KIDS pick out some of their toys to give to a local shelter so they can learn to keep their hands open.
2. Go to the store together to buy some new crafts and toys for children staying at the hospital, and bring them there together. (We’re bringing gifts to our local hospital this week and the kids are so excited. It’s a great way to shift our focus onto others.)
3. Not giving our kids every single toy they ask for also reminds them that the world does not solely revolve around themselves.
4. Share the story of “the rich fool” in Luke 12 who wanted “more, more, more,” but was never satisfied (The Rhyme Bible summarizes it great). In that story, Jesus reminds us that, “Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions” (Luke 12:15). Let’s remind our kids that more, more, more won’t make you content, but Jesus, friends and family do.