Saturday, July 28, 2012
The Child Training Bible
This is one of the best parenting resources I have learned of since becoming a parent. More info can be found at the website for this product. Especially good is the how-to video they have at that website. My cousin told me about this product & I immediately ordered it & it arrived about 2 days later (very fast IMO) & I ordered the tabs & highlighters from the links on the website (which is through amazon.com) & they arrived the very same day. So I sat down that afternoon & put it all together. I saw some comments on their website that the shipping was too pricey for what you're getting, BUT I don't think those people are realizing how FAST it will arrive. To me it was worth it since it did arrive so quickly. It took me a few hours (maybe 3-4 hours) to put it together, but I absolutely love it & feel it was a totally worthwhile project. Since I only have one small child (& my husband was home on vacation & was able to help watch him while I was putting it together) it was doable for me, but I could actually see where some people might want this & not be able to find the time to get it put together due to having several children & other demands in their lives. I do think it would be great if they offered the option of paying more money but receiving the whole thing already put together for you. I personally would still choose the option of doing it myself, but I think it would be nice to have the option available to others.
After I finished I went back through & double checked myself. I found a few mistakes. Verses I had highlighted but not tabbed. Verses I had skipped altogether. Verses I had tabbed, but not highlighted. More than one verse of the same color (but different topics) on the same page that weren't labelled accordingly. I am glad I invested a little extra time to double check myself & know that it is complete. I do highly recommend double checking yourself afterwards. It's very easy to miss things without realizing it.
I have observed parents who tell their kids what the Bible has to say. But the child themselves never actually opens their Bible for themselves. So as a parent I knew it was really important to me to actually train up my son to open up his Bible for himself & be comfortable with using it & knowledgable about the Bible in general as well. I want him to know that it's where you first turn when making any sort of decision in life as well as for any issues/problems in life. But I also believe in order to instill this as firmly as I desire in my heart that I must be the one who teaches him the how-to & the habit of doing it & I must do so starting at a young age. I want to show him firsthand what the Bible has to say & where & how to find that info. My son is only 3 as of now, but I have been thinking this over in the back of my mind since I was only pregnant, trying to think up a logical & systematic way of accomplishing this.
I have always struggled with creativity. Oftentimes I see a need (like needing an approach to teaching my son the Bible) & I go to my husband & he is the creative half of us & he often comes up with solutions for me for a lot of things in life. He is totally amazing like that. It's a gift that I really wish I had. And occasionally I do have that ability, but it's very limited & only in certain areas of life.
I do think there are areas where this product could possibly be improved, BUT overall I think it's REALLY amazing & far better than anything I had come up with so far myself. I will admit that I don't think it will work for EVERYONE out there. While it seems very well structured & organized to me, I know that not everyones minds' work the same way. So I'm sure there are some people out there that this would seem confusing to. It's just a matter of knowing yourself & what works & doesn't work for you & your family.
My hubby was a little confused about it, even after watching the video on the website. And especially while watching me put it together. But once it was done I showed him how it works & he does get it now. I told him to feel free to use it with his 18 year old son if he feels led to.
You need a 9x6" Bible to use for this. On the website they use the ESV pew Bible, but I really prefer the NLT, so I ordered this one. I do wish it had Jesus' words in red, it doesn't, but I wanted to keep this project affordable & not buy a fancy, expensive Bible. So I feel it does the job for this particular use.
Overall I am absolutely THRILLED with this project & tool & cannot recommend it highly enough. If you have it or do get it & use it I would love for you to leave comments sharing your thoughts & experiences.