The CRAWL to Develop my Kids

Sometimes it feels like I do the same 4 things all day, every day: meal prep, dishes, laundry, tidy, meal prep, dishes, tidy, put away laundry, meal prep—and so on. Now that it is summer, I have a little space to zoom out and think about the big picture — what exactly am I trying to accomplish in my home? Here’s an acronym I came up with for the five main areas I hope to develop in my kids:  CRAWL.  At first I thought that sounded a bit de-motivating, but as I’ve thought about it,  it seems fitting—this parenting role is a daily crawl with a finish line some 18 years down the road.
C- Character
I so desire to encourage and develop godly character in my kids.  Dave and I chose a verse this semester to pray for each of our kids in the area of their character.  I am considering these when I choose our scripture memory passages and books that we read aloud.
Here’s a helpful list to consider. 

R- Relationships
I want my kids to learn to have great relationships— with each other, with Dave and me, with friends, and with the Lost.  At home, we can learn to honor one another, work as a team, reconcile Biblically, and encourage one another.  Two areas we are focusing on this year are siblings learning to pray together and respecting each sibling’s voice.
This sermon has really encouraged me:  “Helping Your Children Become Best Friends in Christ: A Christian Vision for Sibling Relationships”.

A- Academics
I love the opportunity to help my children see how the Lord is intimately involved with each academic subject and how we can worship Him through learning.  I hope to instill a deep love for learning in each of my kids and to help them gain a strong foundation academically.
One resource I’ve enjoyed for knowing which books to check out at the library is: Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt.

W- Word of God 
We get to model and teach our kids to love and trust the Word of God.  Some of the resources we use in our family are:
The Beginners Bible (great for a beginning reader), The Jesus Storybook Bible, The Child’s Story Bible-Vos (age 7+)
Hymns for a Kid’s Heart- Wolgemuth & Tada
Leading Little Ones to God- Schoolland
L- Life Skills
“Chores with a Happy Heart” is a daily task in our house.  Our current focus is on taking care of our bodies through hand washing, brushing teeth, exercise and nutrition.  Some endeavors this year have been beginning sewing, baking, learning to give/save/spend and handwriting letters to family. This has been helpful for thinking through age-appropriate chores.

Sometimes I can feel pressure that I need to focus on “well-rounding” my kids by getting them involved in all kinds of activities outside of our home. But with our full ministry schedule and general limitedness as humans, we have to choose a few things to focus on.   At the end of the day, I don’t pray for my kids to be valedictorians or star athletes but for my kids to know God and live for His glory.  I pray God will use our daily CRAWL!

Linnette and her husband Dave began their marriage and Nav staff career ten years ago (EDGE and SIT at Colorado State) and they currently lead the collegiate Nav ministries in Nashville. They have four children: Kate (7), Kylie (5), McKenzie (3), and Daniel (2). Linnette and Dave are passionate about the shared mission of raising up disciple-makers and raising up their kids.

What did you take away from Linnette’s acronym CRAWL?  Do you do anything similar to this in your home? Share your comments below or in our Facebook group.

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