“I will hurry, without delay, to obey your commands.” Psalm 119:60
Obedience is something we are taught early on. Adults and children alike must obey. Obedience is being able to follow the rules or recognize someone’s authority and respecting others. It would be a chaotic world if no one chose to follow rules or each other. Animals can be taught to obey, and there are plenty of opportunities to see obedience (or disobedience) in the Thornton Burgess books! A few examples of this trait include:
- The Adventures of Prickly Porky (Chapter 6): Peter Rabbit obeys Mrs. Rabbit when she tells him not to tell anyone his story.
- The Adventures of Reddy Fox (Chapter 21): Reddy Fox doesn’t listen to Granny and finds himself in big trouble.
- Old Mother West Wind (Chapter 5): One of the Merry Little Breezes doesn’t come when Mother calls and is left behind.
Teaching children to obey can definitely be challenging. The moment they are able to explore the world around them, they also begin testing rules and boundaries. Having consequences in place for when rules are broken can be a good way to be prepared for teaching obedience, because rules WILL be broken!
Explain to your children that even we, as adults, have to obey as well. We obey rules when we are at work or driving a car. Ask your kids “what would happen if” questions. There are many stories about obedience in the Bible that we can teach. Jonah and the Fish (Jonah), Samuel listens and obeys (1 Samuel 17: 12-20), Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25:19-28), Daniel obeys God (1 Daniel), and Noah builds the Ark (Genesis chapters 6-9). Obedience comes from God, out of love. Help your children know obeying is an act of love, a way to honor God.
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Below we’ve listed activities, links, and books that will help teach the character trait of obedience. We’ve also included several books as teacher/parent helps on this subject.
- Obedience curriculum: free downloads and videos
- Make obedience keys
- See if you can sit in on a dog training course and watch how the handlers teach the dogs. Discuss your findings.
- Bible verses to incorporate while teaching obedience
- Play a board game and emphasize why they must obey the rules of the game.
- Play Mother May I
- Set up a time to visit a local police station. Talk to police officers about laws and how citizens need to obey them.
- Bible Stories on obedience
- Read a book about lighthouses (Lighthouses for Kids: History, Science, and Lore with 21 Activities) and discuss their importance. What would happen if a ship ignored the lighthouse?
- Obedience game
- Make a badge and give each child a turn to be policeman for a day.
- 4 ways to teach obedience every day
- Have your child help with cooking a meal or baking a dessert, talk about the importance of following/obeying the directions.
- Science lesson on obedience
- Obedience printables
- Using light and dark, discuss how choosing obedience (light) can keep us safe and on the right path and how disobedience (dark) can cause us to lose our way and get into trouble.
- Take a field trip to a military base. Ask questions about the importance of soldiers obeying orders.
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