When I googled "Obedience Training" I was surprised to only find links to Dog Obedience training. It seems that that is what the words now mean.
We have just completed a month’s focus on Obedience Training in our home (and yes, our dog was on the receiving end of some of that too) but we were really working on our children’s hearts. Another surprise I found while searching for lesson plans that a lot of Character programmes skip Obedience all together. It seems that the virtue of Obedience isn’t targeted so much these days but for our family it is a key virtue and one that we visit every so often in our intentional training.
Over the last month, with this focus, we have seen in improvement in the whole area of answering back. Of course, answering back isn’t obedience – to be obedient one needs to respond with no arguing, complaining or whining, you need to complete the task immediately, and report back when finished.
In order to combat the arguing, whining and general inappropriate answering back we revised the standard of only one response when Mum and Dad tell you something. That is, "Yes Mum" and then we expect a physical response of going and doing.
Having a focus for training our children in moral development helps us to target things even in a busy day. Discussing what a trait looks like (no whining, arguing or complaining etc) helps the children clarify how they are to be behaving.
Read more about our time with Obedience.