Lesson Learned: God wants you to listen and remember your parents’ instructions.
Materials Needed: string, scissors, noodles
8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
9 They are a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
Talking Points: God tells us that it is important to listen to our parents. Your parents love you and want what is best for you. God has given your parents wisdom for raising you and it is important to listen to what they say. When we listen to our parents and do what they tell us to, we are really obeying God. When we do not listen to our parents, we are disobeying God and that is why our parents punish us when we disobey. It is very important to obey God and your parents want you to learn that.
Questions: What are some ways you can obey your parents? (If the child needs prompting, you can offer some examples: you can pick up your toys right away when your parents ask you instead of doing it later; listen to your parents and don’t talk back to them; be nice to your parents.)
Cut a piece of string about 12 to 18 inches long. Thread the string with noodles and make a macaroni necklace to wear as “a chain to adorn your neck” as a reminder to obey your parents and obey God’s words today.
Prayer: We thank and praise You Lord for the family You have given us. Help us to obey our parents today and listen to all their instructions. Amen!