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A Hunger for More

A Hunger for More

The girls were restless. After multiple rainy days and a few hours of watching videos, they were physically and mentally lethargic. Ideas for non-screen activity were met with a groan and the whine of boredom.

I had to admit that most of the fault lay at my feet. Busy with various projects, I needed time to myself and the DVD player had come to the rescue. Now I was paying the price.

Before my tired-mama eyes, my girls had morphed into discontented couch potatoes.

An occasional video or movie can be a fun family activity, but endless days of mind-numbing screen time can dull our children’s senses. A desire to think, explore, and learn can be subdued under the glitter of instant gratification.

As Christians, we want more for our offspring. We long for each unique soul to nurture and grow an appetite and a fascination for God and the world He created.

Here are three ways to create a hunger for more in our children:

1.Encourage times of extended discussion on any subject that intrigues them. And even though it’s tempting to provide all the answers, challenge children to think and conclude for themselves. Make an old-fashioned trip to the local library and explore their interests in detail. Is there someone at your church willing to be interviewed? For example, are there military personnel open to sharing about military life with your aspiring young soldier?

2. Keep a supply of crafty materials on hand—and not just “official” items like scissors, glue, and construction paper. Find a place to store empty containers, wrapping-paper rolls, scrap wood, boxes, and more. Large rolls of masking and duct tape are non-negotiable. Many great inventors began in their own garages! Is there a budding writer in your household? Provide or help your child make a special journal to record thoughts and findings.

3. Point to the Source of creativity as you go about each day. Examine the detail of that flower or leaf. Marvel at the markings on that unusual bug. Visit museums and events that showcase the incredible spectrum of creative endeavors—from nature, to art, to science and architecture. So many possibilities!

God has gifted us with a world of intricate design and purpose, and we can instill in our children a desire to explore every corner. What a joy to join them on the journey!

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10 NIV).

By: Leigh Ann Thomas is a wife, mother, grammy, and the author of Ribbons, Lace, and Moments of Grace—Inspiration for the Mother of the Bride (SonRise Devotionals). A regular contributor to and, she has also published with Southern Writers Magazine, Power for Living, and Southern Writers Best Short Fiction. You can find Leigh Ann on her front porch daydreaming story plots or blogging at Connect on Twitter at @lthomaswrites.

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  1. I, too, have seen my kids become “discontented couch potatoes”! These are great ideas, and as we’re coming into fall break next week, very timely.

    We once had a birthday party where I dumped a bunch of supplies on the floor (mostly recyclables and tape), and the boys had to build their own weapons for a mock battle. They loved it! The freedom to create from scraps and junk always delights our kids–even the teenagers.

    • Thanks, Carole! And that’s a terrific idea for a birthday party. Children will surprise us with their creativity and ingenuity!

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