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Better Late Than Early

This book, Better Late Than Early, has been off the market for many years now. I was happy to see that it is now available as a Kindle book. If you have not read it, and you have young children, I would greatly encourage you to read this book.

Many of us as Seventh-day Adventists have possibly heard of the counsel to delay formal learning until your child is 8-10 years old. It seems odd to have that counsel when we don’t really follow that. The laws don’t always allow for this and so we just shrug our shoulders and figure everyone else sends their kids to school at 5 years old… or preschool at 3 years old… so it must be okay.

I admit that following advice that seems to cross the grain of everything we have known and everything we see happening around us, is difficult. It puts us in a place where we can feel like we would be judged. However, I find that many times, we simply need some knowledge to understand the counsel to give us “doubting Thomas-es” something to consider.

That’s where this book comes in. Written by the late Raymond and Dorothy Moore, this couple worked to encourage us with following the counsel we were given. They took that information and challenged it. Both being highly educated and working in the school system, they worked with others and did studies on how children learn. This book is a result of those findings. The more technical book with actual study cases is called School Can Wait II. This book, Better Late Than Early, is more user friendly with less technical terms, but still shares much of the same information with some practical ways to create a warm learning environment that is less formal for the early years of our children’s education.

So, I encourage you, if you have children under 8-10 years of age, even if you just had children and they are still babes in your arms, and you have money to spare to check out this book, you will find great encouragement and ideas for the younger years of your child’s life. Your faith may be encouraged to realize that God’s counsel was and still is a blessing for our children and our families.

You can find the book on Amazon at Better Late Than Early. May God bless you and your growing families! 

*We have had some try the link and it will not work to purchase.  I have had 3 different website links for this book. (not search links), so please search for the book on Amazon if the link does not work for you, if you are interested!)  🙂

Motivation Monday, Parenting

Motivation Monday

“Let fathers and mothers feel the need of being home missionaries, the need of keeping the home atmosphere free from the influence of unkind and hasty speech, and the home school a place where angels of God can come in and bless and give success to the efforts put forth.”

Child Guidance  481,482

 

Originally posted June 7, 2010.

Motivation Monday, Parenting

Motivation Monday

Shall we consider that we are capable of fashioning our lives and characters to enter into the portals of glory? We cannot do it. We are dependent every moment upon the Spirit of God operating upon us and upon our children.

If parents would see a different state of things in their family, let them consecrate themselves wholly to God, and the Lord will devise ways and means whereby a transformation may take place in their households.

Child Guidance, 172.

Home Life, Motivation Monday, Parenting

Motivation Monday

Remember that your children will follow closely the example that in word and deed you set them. Live lives that will help them to prepare for translation into the courts above, when the last trump shall sound, and Christ shall come to gather his faithful ones to himself. Do not neglect your children. They are your first care. The home is to be their first school. And in this school you yourselves are to learn lessons that will prepare you better to work for their salvation and for the salvation of others. These lessons will be of the highest value to you in your religious experience. As you labor successfully for your children, you are working out your own salvation, and God is working in you, to will and to do of his good pleasure.

The Southern Watchman – January 19, 1904

Home Life, Motivation Monday, Parenting

Motivation Monday

Parents, help your children to do the will of God by being faithful in the performance of the duties which really belong to them as members of the family. This will give them a most valuable experience. It will teach them that they are not to center their thoughts upon themselves, to do their own pleasure, or to amuse themselves. Patiently educate them to act their part in the family circle, to make a success of their efforts to share the burdens of father and mother and brothers and sisters. Thus they will have the satisfaction of knowing that they are really useful.

Review and Herald, November 17, 1896