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     Abraham Lincoln, Friend of the People
Rules of Responsibility
Attitudes for Success in Adulthood
     Taking Initiative
     Going the Second Mile
     Planning Ahead and Being Prepared
     Being Available
     Learning Persistence
     Developing Alertness
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     In this issue we bring you  two articles by one of The
Teaching Home's most prolific and practical writers, Joy Marie
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Book Review:
Abraham Lincoln, Friend of the People
by Clara Ingram Judson (Copyright 1950)  Newbery Honor Book

     This biography of Lincoln is aimed at upper elementary
readers, but would be a great read-aloud for younger children.
     The author gives us a detailed look at Lincoln's childhood
and youth -- I learned a lot of new things about him!
     What most fascinated me was the fact that he had less than
12 months of formal education; and that was in bits and pieces.
When he wanted to learn to speak and write better, he borrowed
a grammar book and worked his way through it.  He borrowed
law books to study law and prepare himself for the Illinois state
bar exam.
     A quote to pique your interest further:  "Lincoln always
felt handicapped by what he called 'his lack of education.'  In
this he made the common mistake of thinking that going to school
was 'education.'"
     I highly recommend this book.

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And the Winner Is . . . A Guide to Newbery Medal Winners
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Rules of Responsibility
by Joy Marie Dunlap

     In order to be successful in their own households, our
children need to learn the following fundamental rules of
Christian responsibility.

  1.  If they borrow something, they must return it promptly.

  2.  If it is damaged, they must make some kind of reparation.

  3.  If they spill anything, they must clean it up right away,
       and not wait until someone slips and falls in the spill or
       something gets ruined by it.

  4.  If they get something out, they should put it back before
       beginning a new activity.

  5.  If they open anything -- a drawer, closet, storage box,
       car door, jelly jar lid, or anything else, they must close it

  6.  If they pick something up they must put it back in the same
       place after using it, whether it be a bike, chair, or globe.

  7.  If they want to use anything that belongs to someone else,
       they must ask. If the person agrees to lend it, they must ask
       when the person expects it back.

  8.  If they make a promise, they must keep the promise. If it
       is not a right kind of promise, they should appeal to their
       parents for advice -- but they should understand that the promise
       never should have been made in the first place without your
       advice and approval.

  9.  If they get something dirty, they should get it clean
       (themselves, if they are able), or bring its condition to the
       attention of someone who can (if they are too young to do the
       cleaning job themselves).

10.  If there is something they need to get done (unless there is
       a very good reason not to), they should get it done right away.
       Tasks which are put off tend to become bigger and bigger over

11.  If they start a job they should finish the job. This is
       especially true in particular kinds of jobs such as dishes,
       laundry, organizing a closet, and tasks which require sorting
       things into piles all over the floor or table.

12.  The corollary to this is to take care not to bite off more
       than they can chew. A job that is too big to be done all at one
       time should be broken into smaller steps. These should be
       designed so that things aren't left out all over the place in the

13.  They should fit in with the schedule of those around them.
       Study time is not a good time to plan trumpet practice, and the
       minute it's time to leave for the park is not the right time to
       take a shower.

14.  If they are involved in any enjoyable outing, they should
       take part in its preparation, helping in any way they can. They
       should seek to bring as much happiness to others through their
       help as they can, instead of just anticipating happiness brought
       about by the hard work of others.

15.  They should take responsibility for keeping track of their
       own things such as jackets, socks, shoes, etc.

16.  They should take personal responsibility for any harm they
       cause, whether accidentally or on purpose. They must learn not to
       let the blame fall on someone else, either by an outright lie,
       intimation, or their failure to speak up promptly to say that
       they are at fault. They should be told that God sees all they do
       and will call them to account for covered-up sins.

17.  They should learn to respond appropriately to the needs and
       feelings of others, and to look for opportunities to meet needs,
       cheer others, and serve.

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Attitudes for Success in Adulthood
by Joy Marie Dunlap

     While training our children in physical skills needed for
daily living is important, we must not neglect to train them in
the mental disciplines and attitudes which make adulthood
     To be successful in every area of life, an adult must learn
to become alert, disciplined, resourceful, responsible,
diplomatic, useful, and persistent. These habits and attitudes
should begin in childhood, as a result of our conscientious and
far-sighted parenting.

Taking Initiative
     One important attitude for successful parenting is to take
the initiative to solve problems instead of leaving the problem
solving to someone else. The natural response of a child is to
think, "That's someone else's fault. Someone else should fix the
problem." An unsuccessful household is one in which everyone in
the house limits his or her "job" to the narrowest possible
     A child walks into the living room, sees a book on the
floor, and says to himself, "That's someone else's book, and this
room is someone else's responsibility to clean up."  When you
allow this kind of attitude to flourish in your home, the result
is countless lost, broken, misplaced and neglected possessions
creating an organizational nightmare.
     In our home, I insist that every household problem is
everyone's problem in this house.  A book on the floor is the
responsibility of every person who sees it or walks by it.  A
spill is the responsibility of every person who sees it.
Clearing the table is the responsibility of every person who ate
there.  The attitude I want to see in my family is a resounding,
"I will! I'll be glad to!"  We are not fully to that point yet,
but already most problems like spills receive a quick response
because the children know that I will hold all of them

Going the Second Mile
     We do have children assigned to individual rooms and chores.
However, I want our children to grow up to be marriage partners
who do more than their fifty percent, workers who go beyond the
call of duty, and people of integrity who are quick to take
responsibility rather than being quick to find an excuse and
leave the work to someone else.
     Taking the initiative to solve any problem within your
ability is a sure road to success in both career and home life as
an adult. The time to instill this attitude in our children is

Planning Ahead and Being Prepared
     Another attitude I am instilling in our children is to be
prepared. I make it clear that they are not to wait until the
last minute to get ready for anything they know about ahead of
time.  Clothing should be chosen and pressed and shoes polished
before Sunday morning.  Pencils should be sharpened and
supplies located before school time, and especially before a
     When we plan a park trip, I expect our children to get their
shoes, jackets, drinks, and snacks ready ahead of time rather
than all stalling at the last minute because they couldn't be
bothered before hand.  Children should not learn to stand around
waiting to be served.  This attitude will carry into their adult
life and hinder their ability to be successful in life.

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best in children's literature as evaluated by Philippians 4:8.

Being Available
     I tell our children that the proper response to the
knowledge of a pleasant upcoming event (like a field trip, a
celebration, or any special time) is to ask well in advance and
all the way up to the starting of the event, "How can I help with
the preparations? How can I have a part in making this event a
     When there is a need for their help, I expect our children
to give their help immediately and be done in a timely way,
rather than conveniently procrastinating.  I believe that if our
children can learn this kind of attitude now, they are sure to
become successful in business, family life, ministry, and their
personal lives as well.

Learning Persistence
     It is a natural tendency in children to try for a minute or
two and give up.  When I ask our children to solve a problem,
which I know is within their ability and resources, I do not
accept the statement, "I can't find it," or, "It can't be done,"
five minutes later. I tell them to keep at it until they
succeed.  Usually it only takes another five or ten minutes after
they said the task was impossible.
     Sometimes I offer a small reward for an object that "cannot
possibly be found."  Nearly always, the object for which there is
a reward makes its appearance very quickly as compared to when
there was no reward.  I do not want our children to develop the
attitude, "What'll you pay me?" about everything they do.
However, I do this periodically to show them that if they really
want to get something done, they can if they persist long enough
and don't give up too soon.

Developing Alertness
     I am also training our children to be alert to problems and
dangers, major and minor.  I require them to check to see if the
doors are locked and all burners off before we leave the house,
and to see if the car doors are locked and the lights off before
we leave the car.  Sure, we parents can do all that for our
children, but when we train them in the habit of being alert to
potential problems, I believe we do them a greater favor than
when we do these kind of things ourselves without involving
them.  Their adulthood will be smoother and more successful if
they learn these important habits early in life.
     I ask our children to consider the chain of events that
their careless actions could cause, and take responsibility for
them.  What is likely to happen next if I put this cup of orange
juice at the edge of the counter?  What might someone else in the
family do if I put the jelly jar in front of the milk jug in the
fridge?  What might someone else do if I leave this shovel on the
ground here, instead of putting it away?  What might happen if I
put my paint water right near your elbow, next to the painting
you are working on?
     Children are surprised when accidents happen which should
have been recognized as inevitable.  They need us to teach them
to live in an alert and foresighted way, looking out not only for
their own interests, but also for the interests of others.  This
will put them in good stead in their adulthood, preventing
countless problems, instead of making them have to learn the hard
way, one mistake at a time.
     Remember that the consequences of our mistakes and
carelessness are much greater in adulthood. Consequently, it is
kind to help our children learn how to avoid mistakes and
carelessness in their childhood while the consequences are less
painful and enduring.
     I am teaching our children to notice when the toilet paper
or a grocery item is running low, and write it down on our
shopping list.  I am teaching them to keep track of supplies like
soap and cleaners.  I ask their cooperation in helping us as a
whole family to stay on top of everything and keep our household
running smoothly.  I know of mothers who do all this themselves,
and often the result is a son or daughter who hasn't a clue how
to live life successfully.  Anticipating problems and taking care
of them ahead of time is quintessential to success as an adult.
     I am teaching our children to keep an eye out for safety
hazards like frayed cords, paper towels or dish towels laying
next to the stove, a trip hazard, tools left out in the yard, and
so on.  I want them to live by the motto, "We all look out for
each other, not just for ourselves."

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Being Resourceful
     Besides the motto, "Pick it up and clean it up," I want my
children to learn the lifetime mottoes, "Look it up."  If they
run across a problem, in their garden for instance, if I don't
have the answer, I expect our older children to consult their
gardening books and find the answer out for themselves.
Similarly if they don't know how to make equivalents in cooking,
or have a cooking question, I ask them to look it up in our
     I give them advice whenever I can, but I also want them to
learn to be resourceful and find out important facts for

Learning To Get Along Well with Others
     In order to become successful adults, our children need to
learn to get along. This means agreeing to disagree, choosing not
to have the last word, looking up the answer to a disagreement,
and letting go if the quarrel can't be solved objectively.  It
means accepting a lower place, or a lesser bargain, for the sake
of peace.
     Children need to learn to find creative solutions rather
than living as if life was a tug-of-war.  When new robot-arm
sanitation trucks came to our town, all of our children except
the oldest crowded in one window, pushing and jostling to get a
better look.  I asked them afterward why not one of the children
had thought of coming to the door, or to another window.  I
pointed out that the mentality they were displaying was, "Either
I get the best place, or I won't accept any place."  To help them
outgrow this mentality, I did not allow those children who
jostled one another to see the new robot-arm sanitation truck
until the next week (at which time I found them displaying much
better behavior!)
     Children must learn to give up their right to the best view
or the best seat in the house, to follow Christ's example and
take a lower place, to have an attitude of eagerness to serve
rather than be served.  Jesus said, "He who would be great in
God's kingdom should be the servant of all."  I want our children
to be "great" in God's kingdom only in the sense that I want them
to be highly successful in fulfilling God's work in their lives.
I believe that this is what Jesus was referring to rather than
greatness in the sense of receiving more attention or praise.

Glad To Be of Service
     The best way for our children to grow up to be highly
successful in living up to the potential God has for them is for
them to learn in childhood to delight in being the "servant of
all."  An eagerness to be of service often precedes leadership in
the family and in society.  A servant's heart is the key to
success in God's kingdom, according to the above verse.  We have
been very pleased to see this kind of attitude in our oldest son,
although the rest of our children still have a long way to go.
     We can teach our children this principle by being an example
to them in cheerful, willing, enthusiastic service in the mundane
tasks of life such as washing dishes, doing laundry, serving
meals, applying first aid, helping a young child put his shoes
on, getting up to get someone else a glass of water, and so on.
I encourage our children at every opportunity to have the
attitude which was in Christ Jesus who came not to be served, but
to be the servant of many.
     With these attitudes and habits, I know our children will be
well prepared for success in all the practical areas of living
the Christian life, in a career, as a homemaker, and in family
management as well.

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     While playing outside one day, our 7-year-old son scraped
his knee rather severely. As I prepared to clean the wound, he
put out his hands and yelled, "Stop! We need to save this blood!
I saw at the library this morning that the Red Cross is looking
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died in our place, then rose to life again.  If we trust Jesus
Christ as our Savior and Lord, He will give us eternal life.
     "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that
not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of
works, that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

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