Teach Your Kids the Fruit of the Spirit with this Printable Study

Teach your kids the fruit of the spirit from Galatians 5:22-23 with this printable 10 week workbook.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT”?

One of the best pieces of advice I was given from a seasoned parent was to make the Fruit of the Spirit our family rules. At the time, I knew the phrase but didn’t remember what they were or where to find them in the Bible.

My husband and I helped teach a kindergarten class one summer and we learned the Fruit of the Spirit song. I loved the simplicity and ease of teaching a complex subject like the Holy Spirit when I applied the verse of Galatians 5:22-23 to my family:

“For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” 

Galatians 5:22-23

I even included it in my Family Goals Poster I created years ago. But to simply tell children (especially little children) to be these things is not enough. We have to model these behaviors and teach our kids what it looks like to be kind, faithful, good, gentle and to practice self-control.

MODELING GALATIANS 5:22-23

Here are a few examples you can use to model the Fruit of the Spirit to your children:

  • LOVE: the next time you celebrate a birthday in your family, explain why you honor that person
  • JOY: model how to make the best of a bad situation by pointing out what you are thankful for
  • PEACE: try not to raise your voice with your spouse in front of the kids, showing that you can disagree and still be kind
  • PATIENCE: when you are stuck in traffic, be aware of how you’re acting about it in front of the kids
  • KINDNESS: next time you see a homeless person offer to pray with them, give them food or money
  • GOODNESS: be honest with your kids about something you struggle with, but tell them that you choose to do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do
  • FAITHFULNESS: tell your kids about a time it was hard to trust God and why you did anyway, then pray together
  • GENTLENESS: it’s hard not to yell when your kids are disobeying, but it gets a better result when you speak calmly the next time they get angry
  • SELF-CONTROL: point out to your kids that you really want all the cookies in the box, but you only have two for dessert because it’s not healthy for your body to eat lots of junk food

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT WORKBOOK FOR KIDS

I’ve created a 10 week workbook for kids on the Fruit of the Spirit that you can use at home! The product is a digital download, so you can buy once, and print a workbook for each of your children! The best way to use these are to put the pages in a 3 ring binder, in a folder or simply staple them all together.

The first week introduces all the Fruits of the Spirit with a:

  • Galatians 5:22-23 coloring page
  • Cover page for your child’s name
  • Tree and fruit of the spirit cut and glue page

Each of the following weeks teaches one Fruit of the Spirit with a:

  • Memory verse page with visuals and activities for memorizing the scripture
  • Choice board with 6 activities to practice that week’s skill
  • Bible story lesson with drawing and writing page
  • Journal prompt for reflecting on how they applied that skill during the week

ORDER YOUR FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT WORKBOOK

Print this instant download for a 40-page workbook on the Fruit of the Spirit. Includes 10 weeks of Bible-based challenges to help you teach your child about the 9 Fruit of the Spirit based on Galatians 5:22-23 (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control).

INCLUDES:

  • Cover Page for your child’s name
  • Galatians 5:22-23 Coloring Page
  • 9 Themed Choice Boards
  • 9 Bible Story discussion prompts
  • Fruit of the Spirit cut and color activity tree
  • 9 Memory Verse Pages with activities
  • 9 Journaling Pages for Weekly Reflection

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The Ultimate Family Summer Bucket List Printable

The Ultimate Family Summer Bucket List is ready for you to print! On a budget? Summer is the perfect time to find free stuff to do outdoors!

SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME, SUMM-SUMM-SUMM-SUMMERTIME…

I had a neighbor when I was young that my brother and I hung out with from dawn to dusk every day in the summer. We lived in a suburb outside of DC and enjoyed snow in the winter and changing leaves in the autumn. But summertime…summertime was our time. It was when we ruled the neighborhood.

As the oldest in the group, I headed up “field trips” to the community pool, and we created our own “Summertime Kids’ Club” complete with dues and a newsletter.

We lived in a neighborhood where you could shoot fireworks in the front yard on the Fourth of July and catch lightning bugs in the backyard. So as a mom, I can’t help but want to bring a little bit of that magic back to my own children’s summers.

Summertime is unique in that you don’t have to find as much time to squeeze family activities in. More times than not, most parents are desperate to find something to fill the time they have while the kids are home for summer.

While there is value in teaching kids that it’s ok to be bored, find ways to spend time together and create those fun family memories you’ve always wanted.

So print your Summer Bucket List today and start making memories to last a lifetime!

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Tips on Parenting from Seasoned Christian Parents

Learn from a few of my own mentors some tips on parenting when you’re trying to raise children with a Christian up-bringing.

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FIND A PARENTING MENTOR

When I was pregnant with my first child, we were fortunate enough to have a church that offered several parenting classes. We went through a program called Parenting from the Tree of Life (from the same authors of Baby Wise) and I feel like more than anything, the class was worth it because of the encouragement we received.

I was a full time teacher about to leave my job to become a stay at home mom. We were worried about the financial strain this would bring on in addition to how I would be able to socialize when all of my friends still worked. They calmed a lot of our fears when they admitted they went through the same things and shared wonderful experiences we would have along the way.

The year I had my son, our women’s ministry launched a brand new class called Navigating Motherhood, which was simply a Bible study time with other new moms. Each group discussion was led by an elder’s wife or someone in the church who had gone through the stages of parenting and was there to encourage this new generation of parents to lean into the Lord.

I learned so much from those years. We didn’t get a secret formula, because we all know one size does not fit all. But what we did get was a group of mentors we could trust and turn to when we were feeling overwhelmed or that we were doing it all wrong. We have cried with these mentors, prayed with them and eaten meals at their homes.

If you have someone in your life who is older and has raised children you admire, reach out to them! Ask them to coffee or let them know you admire them and would love their advice in your parenting! Many times older women want to invite you over to talk or will stop by to help you clean up or give you a break from holding a crying baby.

TIPS ON PARENTING FROM OLDER MENTORS

In the meantime, I want to share some advice from the older moms (aka grandmas) in our Navigating Motherhood class that they shared with us years ago that I still refer to as a mom of elementary and middle school kids.

What’s the Best Parenting Tip You Want to Give Younger Women?

  • Connect with your child by discovering where they open up easiest (restaurant, exploring, shopping, taking a walk, sporting event).
  • Let your children know you’re committed to your marriage. They don’t need to know everything about your struggles, just that you’re committed to one another.
  • Get involved with your kids’ activities (Volunteer in the youth group, coach a team, teach their Bible school class).
  • Go on service trips to teach your children to be servants (nursing home, mission trips, etc).
  • Stay in your walk with God because your children are watching what you do! Be consistent, be a role model, leave verses around on post its, etc.
  • Set family goals! Remember what you’re trying to accomplish with your kids and live it out.
  • Focus on prayer to you keep going. Have one on one time with God even if it’s only five minutes.
  • Go to God first before you make decisions.
  • Have a bedtime routine. Lay down with them at night, read to them, pray with them, and talk over the day.
  • Visualize the great things your child will do! Believe you’re raising the leaders of the next generation, because someone’s doing it! Believe it’s you!
  • Communicate God’s delight in your children. So much of the time, they think we delight in them because of their performance which gets in the way of demonstrating God’s grace and unconditional love.
  • Have fun together! Unplug, set the phone down! How often are you telling kids to ”hold on a minute”? Get on the floor and enjoy your time with your children.

What’s the One Parenting Tip You Wish Someone Would Have Told You?

  • Study their heart instead of behavior so you can know why they do things.
  • Address what your child needs rather than what others think about your parenting.
  • Begin with the end in mind. What do you want your child to look like when they’re 18?
  • Share your struggles with others. Be real or you’ll fall into the trap of isolation even when you’re surrounded by people. If someone else’s family looks perfect, you don’t know them well enough!
  • Dictate less and disciple more. Remember each child is different.
  • Use the power of the Holy Spirit. Ask him for help–he will give you confidence!
  • Don’t leave the teaching of God to others–do it yourself! Work on virtues at home (humility, empathy, gifts of the Holy Spirit).
  • Don’t overload your kids with activities to keep up with everyone else. Keep it simple–what are your kids’ needs?
  • Don’t concentrate on your mistakes, just grab the next opportunity to do better!

What Did You Do Right as a Mother?

  • Tried to do something fun everyday (laughed together and enjoyed my kids).
  • Got involved in their activities (retreats, taught class, mission trips, met their friends).
  • Picked my children’s heroes (invited over other adults that resembled who I wanted my kids to be like when they got older).
  • Used activities to teach service (tried to make everything centered around what God wanted for us).
  • Modeled church community as very important by getting involved and inviting kids and parents over.
  • Stayed married! We worked through things, and grew together as a couple.
  • Taught my child to have their own relationship with the Lord by having my own relationship with the Lord.

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WITH THIS PRINTABLE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT WORKBOOK

One of the most helpful things I learned in class was to make your family rules based on the “Fruit of the Spirit”. Back then, I didn’t know what they were, but now I know them so well, we refer to them often! The Fruit of the Spirit is based on Galatians 5:22-23 where the Bible teaches us how we can grow spiritually when we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives.

“The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” - Galatians 5:22-23

Last year, I went ahead and created an entire 10-week workbook for each of my kids to focus on these character traits. You can find it in my shop and print one for each of your children! Each purchase includes:

  • Fruit of the Spirit Verse Coloring Page
  • 9 Themed Choice Boards
  • 9 Bible Story discussion prompts
  • Fruit of the Spirit Tree Activity
  • 9 Memory Verse Pages with activities
  • 9 Journaling Pages for Weekly Reflection

Grab yours here:

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