Am I ready to move on from the habit of Obedience??

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  • Jolene Ceravalo

    Ok, got a question: For the last 2 months I have been working on the habit of Obedience with my children (particularly my 2 oldest – 4.5 and 2.5). Our two months ended a few days ago, and I’m not sure the progress is quite what I’d hoped, but I think that I need to pick (with my husband) a new habit to begin working on and continue (at the same time) to emphasize our Obedience training. Thoughts??


    I would say that if you feel you and the kids are ready to start working on something new, then go for it! For us, the habit of Orderliness works well to cement obedience. The three habits that I daily thank God we trained our kids in while they were young are: Obedience, Order, and Attentiveness. These three habits alone take 90% of the frustration out of homeschooling and parenting, IMHO!

    Congratulations on taking the time and effort to teach the habits to your kids while they are little – it will pay off for your entire family in the years to come. Do you have Laying Down the Rails?


    I wish I had had Laying Down the Rails and the other two books that go with it when my oldest two were little. We have put more time into training our susequent littles – how much easier it is to train then when they are 5 and under!!

    I think that CM reccommended that first the three habits to focus on were Obedience, Attentiveness,and Truthfulness. I would need to check sources to make certain of this.


    I think that while obedience is a great focus it is also something that you have to keep up on always. I know of I get lazy about FIRST TIME obedience I end up repeating myself constantly. I would maybe do it almost like the scripture memory system. Work on it until it is a habit, start a new one and continue to work on obedience every other day, then every week…I don’t know what you expect as obedience but when I tell my kids to do something I expect them to reply with “yes mommy” or “yes momma I’m coming” (when they are a little older) then there is no doubt that they heard me or what is expected.

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