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Temper Tantrums


Coloring/Teaching

Let’s color the picture of Johnny and Katie praying! Why do you think they are praying? Who are they praying to?

Temper Tantrums
(sung to Mary Had a Little Lamb)

Throwing tantrums is a sin
Is a sin
Is a sin
Throwing tantrums is a sin
It makes my parents sad.

I cannot always get my way
Get my way
Get my way
I cannot always get my way
And fussing makes things worse.

If I learn to be patient
Be patient
Be patient
If I learn to be patient
Then Jesus will bless me.

Bible Time

(Luk 15:28 ) And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.

Story

Mommy asked Johnny and Katie to pick up their toys before going outside to play on the swings. Katie did not listen to Mommy and went outside. (make a sad face) Katie disobeyed her Mommy didn’t she? (nod your head yes)

Johnny obeyed Mommy right away and went straight to his room to pick up his toys (clap your hands and smile)! Afterwards, Johnny went to play on the swings with Katie. Johnny was angry because it seemed that Katie always disobeyed Mommy but he always obeyed Mommy. (Put your index finger on your cheek and look upward like you’re thinking and say:) Johnny thought to himself, “It isn’t fair that Katie gets away with being disobedient!” (make a frown)

Later, Mommy came outside and called them in saying, “Since you’ve been such good children, come in for cookies and milk!” Johnny did not want to go inside. He was still angry because he had obeyed Mommy and Katie had not obeyed her. Katie was getting a reward for being bad and he did not like that. So, Johnny stayed outside.

Katie went in the house and said, “Mommy, I’m sorry that I did not obey you. I did not clean my room. I’m so sorry! I will go clean my room right now before I eat my cookies!”

Mommy was so glad that Katie was sorry for disobeying! (smile and clap your hands) Mommy went outside looking for Johnny to remind him to come in for cookies and milk. Johnny was very upset and throwing a temper tantrum because Katie didn’t have to clean her room and he did. Mommy sat Johnny down on her lap and said, “Johnny, Katie knew she did wrong and came to me and asked me to forgive her. Why are you throwing a temper tantrum?”

Johnny said, “Because I always obey you and Katie doesn’t always obey you! She gets cookies even when she disobeys! It’s not fair!”

So Mommy gave Johnny a hug and said, “Johnny, I know that you always obey me and that is VERY good! (smile) But the Bible says that when someone sins and disobeys and comes to ask forgiveness, we should be ready to forgive them just as our Father in Heaven is always ready to forgive us when we sin! Did you know that it is a sin for you to have a temper trantrum? (make a sad face) I’m very happy when you obey me but it makes me sad when you have a tantrum because things don’t go the way you think they should go, Johnny!”

Johnny felt badly that he had made Mommy sad. He said, “I’m sorry Mommy! I will try not to have any more tantrums!”

So Mommy and Johnny went inside to sit with Katie and they all enjoyed their milk and cookies!

Dear God…
Please help me not to have temper tantrums when things don’t go my way. I know that this makes You sad and makes Mommy and Daddy sad, too. Amen!

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Staying in Bed

Bible Verse

Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. (Col 3:20)

Coloring/Teaching

Let’s color a picture of Mary as she kneels down to pray. Mary is praying because she is asking God to forgive her. We’ll find out why Mary needed forgiveness when we read our story

Song Time

Obedience Song
(From Patch the Pirate)

Obedience is the very best way
To show that you believe:
Doing exactly what the Lord commands,
Doing it happily!
Action is the key, do it immediately.
Joy you will receive!
Obedience is the very best way
To show that you believe!

And you spell it O B E D I E N C E (yes, Sir!)
Obedience is the very best way
To show that you believe!

Bible Time

Let’s open the Bible and learn what God says about staying in bed when Mommy tells you to.

Children, obey your parents in all thingsfor this is well pleasing unto the Lord. (Col 3:20)

Story Time

Mommy said, “Come Mary, it’s time to get ready for bed.”

Mary did not want to go to bed. (shake your head No and make a sad face) She continued to play with her toys pretending she did not hear Mommy. (shake your index finger in the No motion) Mommy always told her to obey right away like the Obedience song. But Mary did not want to go to bed right now. Mary knew if she did not obey, she would be punished. So she changed her mind and went to put her PJ’s on.

Mommy was happy when Mary obeyed. “Thank you, Mary, for obeying Mommy!” (smile and clap your hands)

“Good night, Mary,” said Mommy. I love you! (say this in a sing songy voice)

Mommy turned out the light and left Mary’s room. As soon as Mommy left, Mary got out of bed to go get a toy and sat down on the floor to play. She knew she was disobeying Mommy but she was not sleepy. (raise your arms up in the “I don’t know” manner and raise your eyebrows) The door to Mary’s room opened and there was Daddy! Mary jumped up and ran to her bed.

Daddy said, “Mary, are you suppose to be out of bed?” Mary shook her head No. (shake your head No and make a sad face)

“When you get out of bed when you know you are not suppose to, what have you done?” Daddy asked.

“I disobeyed.” replied Mary.

“Yes, you did disobey.” said Daddy. “I will have to punish you now. So tomorrow night, you will go to be half an hour earlier because you got out of bed.” said Daddy. “Now, Mary, you need to ask God to forgive you for disobeying Mommy and Daddy. Also, you will have to ask Mommy and I for forgiveness, too, since you disobeyed us.”

Mary got on her knees right away and prayed. “Dear God, I’m so sorry I disobeyed Mommy and Daddy. Please forgive me. I will try very hard not to disobey them again. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen”

Mary got up and climbed up in Daddy’s lap. “Daddy, I’m sorry I did not obey. I will try to always obey from now on”! “Good girl!” said Daddy! (clap your hands and smile)

Teaching Throughout the Day

Throughout the day, recite this verse with the children. Especially stress that they are to obey you in ALL things. That means staying in bed once they go to bed. Review the story with them – was it wrong for Mary to get out of bed? Yes, it was sin because she did not obey her Mommy. Did Mary do right when she prayed? Yes, we need to pray and ask God to forgive us when we sin.

Dear God…
Help me to obey Mommy and Daddy in all things.
Help me to remember to stay in bed and not get up.
Amen!