Take The Next Step (Building Blocks)

Often we lose control when we don’t get things our own way. By nature we want what we want and we want it now! And, if we don’t get what we want we let everyone know just how unhappy it makes us.

To be self-controlled means to have power over your reactions to people and situations; being able to handle your thoughts, words, and actions, especially when you’re angry. We are not born with self-control. We have to learn how to be self-controlled. We are all born self-centered. When babies are hungry they kick and scream and cry, when they want their diapers changed they kick and scream and cry. Moms and Dads have been given the responsibility to teach their children that when they yield to God’s will and way, they’ll grow to new levels of self-control.

Here’s a fun and easy activity to begin to teach your child self-control:  Building A Tower.

Find some building blocks (or some other type of stackable objects).  Before you initiate the following activity with your child, stack the blocks to get an idea of just how many that you can reasonably stack before they teeter and topple over.  You may want to adjust this number if your child has fine-motor difficulties. Once you know the number of blocks that will stack well, memorize that number (i.e., 12).

Initiate this activity when you child is not overly focused on a favorite activity.  Tell him that you want to try something fun like building a tall tower!  Let him know that if the two of you are successful that he’ll get a cool prize afterwards.  Divide the blocks evenly between you and your child.  One at a time, take turns with your child placing one block on top of another to see how high you can build a block tower!  Emphasize the need for self-control (placing the blocks slowly and deliberately).

If the blocks topple over before you reach the maximum number, remind him of the cool prize, and try again.  This is the part that will help your child develop self-control.  Continue to keep trying until all the blocks have been stacked one on top of the other.  Once you’ve done it: celebrate with a favorite snack or fun activity!

If the tower topples over more than times than you anticipated and you find that your child is starting to get frustrated you can either: take a short break and try again OR reward your child for having given it several tries.

Don’t forget to “subscribe” or click “like” on our Special Friends Ministry facebook page to be notified when our next Take The Next Step activity is posted!  Oh, and don’t forget you can get our activities, videos, podcasts, and more right on our phone or tablet by downloading our ministry app:

The Friends@FBO app is designed to provide you with one weekly idea that you can implement during your day-to-day routines to help nurture your child’s faith.  So, go to the Apple App Store or Android Market and download the free Friends@FBO app today!  After you download our free app, make sure to leave your “push notification” on so that you will receive alert messages when ideas for connecting with your child are posted!

Click here for the Friends@FBO app at the Apple Store.

Click here for the Friends@FBO app for Android.

Michael Woods, M.A. BCaBA

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About Michael Woods

Christ-follower, husband, chocoholic, and peanut-butter lover! I'm a father to triplet boys...each on the autism spectrum.

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