Is it okay to be nurturing?
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It used to be a given that girls were the sweet and caring ones.
A hundred years ago, nobody discouraged girls from mothering their little baby dolls and dreaming of marriage.
But today, our girls are growing up in a world where stay-at-home moms are looked down on and women are told that they should put their careers ahead of their husbands and their families.
Our girls live in a world where women fight for their rights and get angry if a man holds open a door for them.
Yet God has designed females to be nurturing and caring.
I believe it’s not only “okay” to be nurturing, but biblical–and something we should encourage our girls in!
Teach your daughter what God says about nurturing.
I’m Sarah from BibleBaton.com, and I help Christian women teach the Bible to kids using creative lesson plans, simple crafts, and unique activities. Today I’m here to share a simple, fun idea for teaching your daughter what God says in His Word about being a woman!
Want to encourage your daughter to purposefully develop her caring heart as something that is pleasing to God? Then turn straight to the Scriptures. Teach her, from God’s Word, what He thinks is important for women.
God clearly shows us in His Word that He values the caring and nurturing heart far more than the world does.
And you can use a simple yet fun activity to show your daughter from the Bible that God doesn’t look down on her for being nurturing. On the contrary, He truly values it!
Do a simple Bible activity for girls (based on Titus 2:4-5).
- At least 10 cards with various characteristics
- A poster with 7 empty spots
- A Bible
You can make the characteristic cards and poster for this activity yourself. Or click here to get the FREE cards & poster printable!
Activity Instructions, Part 1:
Lay the characteristic cards face up on a table or on the floor. 7 of the activity cards should state the traits listed in Titus 2:4-5. At least 3 others should list other characteristics. These could be things that the world expects (such as “be successful in your career” or “make lots of money”). Or they could be more subtle things.
Hang the poster on the wall or set it on the floor across the room.
Now challenge your daughter to choose the cards that she believes God thinks are important. She should choose the most important one first.
Carry the cards one by one and tape them to the poster in order from most important to least important–according to your daughter. Let her choose which she thinks God values most, down to which He values least.
Discuss the Scripture:
After your daughter has arranged the cards she chose on the poster, read Titus 2:4-5 from the Bible together with her:
…admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. ~Titus 2:4-5 NKJV
Briefly explain the meaning of each item in the list:
- love your husband
- love your children
- be discreet (serious-minded, self-controlled)
- be chaste (pure, modest)
- be a homemaker (watchkeeper of the house, domestically inclined)
- be good (useful, pleasant, joyful, honorable)
- be obedient to your own husband
Now invite your daughter to compare her list to God’s list. How does the arrangement she created on the poster line up with the order in God’s Word?
Talk about the contrasts. Does God value some things more than she thought? Did she highly rank some things that God doesn’t even care about, according to Titus 2:4-5?
Activity Instructions, Part 2:
Remove the cards from the poster and take them back to the table or floor where you had laid them out initially. Lay out all the cards again.
Now, using Titus 2:4-5 as a guide, choose the cards that God says are important to Him.
Carry the cards to the poster and tape them up one by one, in order.
Encourage your daughter to personally apply Titus 2:4-5.
Your daughter may have been surprised by how different her idea was from God’s list in Titus 2:4-5. Even though this activity is simple, hopefully, it will help her clearly see what God values in a woman.
And although your daughter is young now, she can begin to develop those characteristics that please God.
God designed girls to be nurturing, caring, and encouraging. They shouldn’t feel ashamed about encouraging their brothers, caring for younger siblings, or loving babies.
On the contrary, these are things to purposefully develop as God-given and God-pleasing traits.
So encourage your daughter, now that she knows precisely what God finds beautiful and pleasing in a woman, to think about how she can personally develop those characteristics in her life. She may not have a husband or kids, but she can practice loving her family!
And contrary to what the world says, she doesn’t need to feel ashamed for doing it–because now she knows that God values it greatly.
Discover more Scriptures about biblical womanhood.
Today we’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other Scriptures that talk about biblical womanhood–Proverbs 31, Ephesians 5, and others. I encourage you to delve into those passages with your daughter, too.
I’m always here to help! I regularly add new ideas at BibleBaton.com for teaching the Bible to kids. You’re warmly invited to stop by and see if you find resources for the topic you’re teaching.
May the Lord bless and encourage you as you seek to “pass the faith along” to your daughter. ❤
FOR THE BOY MOM
We live in confusing times when distinctions between the sexes are blurred. This is an attempt to make them appear all but eradicated. But boys and girls are very different and for mother’s especially, we need to recognize this. If we want to raise godly boys who recognize and embrace the many ways they can make a difference in the lives of those around them, then we need to not only recognize their differences but embrace them.
Join Heather Haupt of Heather Haupt as she shares 5 ways on how to embrace boys differences and help them thrive in Helping Boys Thrive Means Embracing Their Differences!
∞ ABOUT THE AUTHOR ∞
Meet Sarah from BibleBaton.com! Sarah is a certified Montessori teacher with a Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies, plus over 10 years of experience working with kids. She’s passionate about helping Christian women teach the Bible to kids! And she loves sharing creative lesson plans, simple crafts and unique activities, and practical teaching tips with her blog readers. Pop over now to grab your free printable!