1 - The Word "No" Teaches Unselfishness

When Children Learn to Accept "No," it Will Instill Them with Confidence

Parents play the pivotal role in shaping the character of their children. And it's not just what we say, but what they see us doing that will determine what they value as they grow. This moving video illustrates how parents are called to be intentional about raising their children in love and faith.

In this course, Chuck Bentley will talk about five financial lessons we can teach our children that will have a lasting and positive impact on their character and stewardship. In the first of the five parts, Chuck establishes the importance and reward of these lessons about responsibility and money. The first lesson Chuck talks about is to teach your kids is that "no" means "no," which will teach them unselfishness.

Before you start the questions for this post, print the chart below and follow the instructions on it. This will help you set similar goals to those that Chuck and Ann Bentley made for their children.

My Stewardship Goals for My Children

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3 John 1:4 (ESV)

4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

How do your kids behave when you tell them "no"? How do you respond to their negative reactions? Are you and your spouse on the same page? Is it more difficult when you're under stress, tired, or they've worn you down? Is there anything that needs to change?
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How can you apply Chuck's advice to stand firm when you've said "no"? How can you use these times as teaching moments and not cave in or be divided? What can you do to help them learn greater contentment?
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Teaching financial principles to children can be difficult, especially telling them a disappointing "no" now and then. Perseverance and good strategy will pay off as you impart these lessons to your kids. Remember to keep your chart with you as you complete this course, and make your plans to expose your children to wise, biblical stewardship.