Train Your Children to Be Heroes!

Frank, Scott, Teri, Tim, Rose and Ed
  

Train Your Children to Be Heroes! 


Just over a year ago, Dr. Scott Turansky and I (Ed Miller) were on a mission trip to Brazil where six of us taught a group of street boys at Hope Mountain how to be heroes. 

Before I share more about developing heroes, let me tell you more about our trip to Brazil at the end of 2015. We went to Brazil to work with Philip and Corenne Smith who founded Hope Unlimited. We worked with them at their facility in 
Philip, Bella, Corenne and Mark
Vitoria, Brazil called Hope Mountain where they work with some of the most desperate street kids. These kids have been rescued from certain death and now live in a refuge of hope. They live in family units and learn about Jesus and how to re-build their lives. It was summer break in Brazil, so we were able to do some programs and fun activities with these kids during a slow time. 

We started out with Day One of Hero Training Camp. This program teaches children about the conscience and how they can become heroes just like David in the Bible. The conscience prompts us in 4 areas.

  1. Do What's Right
  2. Deal With Wrongs
  3. Be Honest
  4. Care About Others


God gave us a conscience and it prompts us in many ways. If we nurture our conscience, it will help us to become heroes in a world where people are hurting and struggling. Are you working to develop the conscience of your children? Do you want them to be heroes when they're adults? Are you putting time and energy into sharing vision and training your children toward this desired future? Here's more about what happened in Brazil.

We got started with our first lesson and soon discovered that we were going to need to make some adjustments in our activities. We asked them if they wanted to be heroes and they said "no way." Their experience with heroes is that they're killed. We realized that we had some work to do. 

The next day we started with a skit that illustrated what a hero looked like in the small things. They were starting to get it. One of the things that the conscience does it to prompt us to do what's right. That leads to the development of
convictions which we act on. We used the "Trust Fall" to help them understand this concept. Convictions are beliefs that you hold so strongly that you're willing to take action on them. We started by having a couple members of our team do the fall with me (Ed Miller) catching them. They stated that they trusted me to catch them and would take action on that conviction. I didn't drop either one of them. We weren't sure if the boys would be willing to trust us. When I asked for volunteers the hands went up quickly. Many of the boys did the fall and learned about convictions and trust. 

We did two more sessions of Hero Training Camp and the boys learned more about how to become heroes in the small things. Throughout the week, we ate with them, had fun with them and developed trust on a number of levels. We "coached" them throughout the week. 

Suggested Action

Have a conversation with your son or daughter about a time they tried to do the right thing even when it was hard. Talk about practical ways that your kids can be heroes now.  

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Tomorrow, I'll share a 5-part strategy for training your children in specific life skills. It's called TDOEE. You'll have to read the article tomorrow to know what that means!

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Please leave a comment and let me know what you thought of this post. I also love to answer questions. Any and all questions are welcomed! 

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7 comments:

  1. Thats an amazing motivating & inspiring articles I am discipline & follow rules . More important what's right :)

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  2. This information about the conscience and parenting is new for many people. It's actually eye-opening and provides parents with a lot more tools to form a child's character. Good article Ed.

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  3. So, I am not sure those actions make one a hero. They certainly make you a dedicated human. Which is what we need far more often.

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  4. If we can be strong and disciplined in small ways, we'll be ready to step up when truly heroic actions are required!

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  5. How wonderful! Both the trip and the lessons the children learned and will remember a lifetime! We need to see more youths do the right things and care about others!! Great to connect with you.

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  6. We need a lot more of this type of education. This is a difficult time to be growing up in. My son is grown, but I feel for those I know who are parenting young ones right now.

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  7. Training my child to be a hero..very tough challenge. I am blessed that I have achieved it with the grace of the Lord. However, his actions isolate him from peers many times. How do I teach him to cope with that?Looking forward to reading more such posts as part of UBC.

    Here is what I wrote recently. Do take a look and let me know...
    https://diaryofaninsanewriter.wordpress.com/2017/01/05/my-shadow-have-you-seen-it-anywhere/

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