Sometimes we communicate a great deal by the questions we ask. Here are some that I’ve been asking lately, and thinking about:
- After eating, “Are you satisfied?” [as opposed to, “Are you full?” I want our children to know that being satisfied is better than being full. I am wondering whether filling them up is somewhat akin to encouraging gluttony. I dunno.]
- After church, “What did you learn?” [as opposed to, “Did you have fun in church?” Again, I’m wondering whether I’m communicating my primary expectation that Sunday school was a success if children had fun. I don’t think that’s the most important thing, so I want my questions to reflect my priorities.]
- After spending time with friends, “Are they godly friends?” [followups: Are they kind to the little children? Do they obey the teacher? Do they obey their mom? Are they wise? Truthfully, my children don’t know the answers to these questions, but I want them in the habit of remembering criteria for choosing good friends. There will come a day when they can answer those questions.
- After a sports practice: “Were you teachable? Were you humble?” David always answers yes. 🙂 But again, I want to teach him my priority in athletics. We spent quite a bit of time talking today about competition, and how an athlete can try to be the best, and still be humble.
- Lately, after something really exciting or fun that has happened, “Would Solomon say that wisdom is better than X?” We’re talking a lot about how knowing God, and finding wisdom is better than anything else we could desire. The children all know the right answer by now…. Praying that they’ll believe it.
What questions are you asking your children, and why?