Ep006 7 Principles for Joking with Your Kids

All of us can probably remember a time growing up when a grown up tried to joke with us but the joke fell flat, or everyone laughed at us, or we felt lied to. What principles can we apply when joking with our kids?

Recently I was at a table of guys. All but two of us were fathers. The question came up about what is appropriate when joking with your children? What’s healthy joking with your kids, and what’s not? Surprisingly, one of them looked at me and said, “That would be a good topic for you to write about on your blog!”

Since I am trying to include more resources here to help parents, even if I’m not one, it wasn’t a half bad idea. So, I took up the challenge.

As I thought about what healthy joking with kids should look like I came up with seven principles I would follow if I had kids of my own.

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Joseph’s Strong Foundation in Temptations and Trials

Christians need the same foundation Joseph had in temptation and trials

This morning I read the story of Joseph again. I thought about how, at about 17 years old, he had the personal fortitude to flee the lustful temptations of his master’s wife. His reasoning? After professing his loyalty to his master (her husband), which really was a greater loyalty to him than she had as his wife, he declares, “How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?” (Gen 39:9). It would be disloyal and wrong to dishonor his master, but it would be “great evil and sin” to dishonor God.

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