The Adventist Home -- Study Guide


Section VIII — The successful family

Date __________ AH-SG 24.1

A. Read pages 177-208. AH-SG 24.2

B. Check your knowledge: AH-SG 24.3

1. Name briefly some of the ways in which the family circle can be kept sacred. (177:1, 2.)

AH-SG 24.4

2. What solemn promise should parents make by God’s grace? (178:2.)

AH-SG 24.5

3. Underline the correct answer to this question: What is the secret of unity in the church and in the family?
(a) Diplomacy, (b) management, (c) superhuman effort to overcome difficulties, (d) union with Christ. (179:1.)
AH-SG 24.6

4. Draw a circle as described on page 179, paragraphs 2 and 3, to show the secret of family unity. AH-SG 24.7

5. Complete: “All should unitedly engage in the good work of encouraging one another; . . . each doing his ______________ to lighten the burdens of the mother.” (179:5.) AH-SG 24.8

6. Complete: “Speak in __________, __________ tones.” (179:5.) AH-SG 24.9

7. What is the child’s first school? (181:2.)

AH-SG 24.10

8. Who are the teachers? (181:2.)

AH-SG 24.11

9. What lessons is the child to learn? (182:2.)

AH-SG 24.12

10. Complete: “If the child is not instructed aright here [in the home], _______________ will educate him.” (182:2.) AH-SG 24.13

11. Complete: “To the lack of right _______________________ may be traced the larger share of the disease and misery and crime that curse humanity.” (182, 183.) AH-SG 24.14

12. Complete: “Parents should be much at __________.” (185:2.) AH-SG 24.15

13. Complete: “___________________, you carry responsibilities that no one can bear for you.” (187:1.) AH-SG 24.16

14. Complete: “They [parents] should make themselves ________________ to their children.” (190:2.) AH-SG 24.17

15. Should parents ever join their children in their work and in their sports? (192:2.)

AH-SG 24.18

16. Complete: “Let parents devote __________________________ to their families.” (192:3.) AH-SG 24.19

17. Complete: “From a worldly point of view, ____________ is power; but from the Christian standpoint, __________ is power.” (195:3.) AH-SG 25.1

18. Complete: “Parents, give your children _____________. . . . Do not give them __________.” (196:4.) AH-SG 25.2

19. What is the delightful “duty of everyone in the family”? (198:2.)

AH-SG 25.3

20. What is the best way to teach children to obey the fifth commandment? (198, 199.)

AH-SG 25.4

21. What work are parents to do in the tending of the garden of the child’s heart? (200:1.)

AH-SG 25.5

22. What is the result of letting the youth follow the natural turns of their own minds? (200, 201.)

AH-SG 25.6

23. Which increases faster, the good or the evil? (201:2.)

AH-SG 25.7

24. When a mother is overburdened with her cares, what privilege can she have? (204, 205.)

AH-SG 25.8

25. Who is ready to assist parents in their endeavor to make plain the truths of salvation to their children? (205:4).

AH-SG 25.9

26. Who will guide the mother and give strength and grace to the teachers in the home? (206:4.)

AH-SG 25.10

C. Rate your family: Successful ______Making progress _______Getting worse ______ A failure ______ AH-SG 25.11

1. What is your strongest point?_____________________________________________________________________________ AH-SG 25.12

2. What is your weakest point? _____________________________________________________________________________ AH-SG 25.13

D. Discuss with others: AH-SG 25.14

1. What is the difference between seeking counsel on a home problem and seeking sympathy?

AH-SG 25.15

2. From whom should counsel be sought?

AH-SG 25.16

3. What are some practical ways in which the four fundamental lessons of respect, obedience, reverence, and self-control can be taught to young children?

AH-SG 25.17

4. How much time should the father give his children? the mother?

AH-SG 25.18

5. When father’s wage will not meet the family needs, what should the mother of young children do?

AH-SG 25.19

6. How can the indifference of some parents toward the religious instruction of their children be overcome? (189.)

AH-SG 26.1

7. What does companionship mean to a child? (190:1-4.)

AH-SG 26.2

8. How can this become a reality: “Children will have no desire to wander away in search of pleasure and companionship’? (193,194.)

AH-SG 26.3

9. What is an ideal evening together as a family?

AH-SG 26.4

10. How can we keep “eternal vigilance” over our children with our busy schedule? (202:3.)

AH-SG 26.5

11. What work is ours, and what is God’s part in child training? (207:0-2.)

AH-SG 26.6

E. Think on these things: AH-SG 26.7

1. Should I tell my relatives about my companion’s faults? (177:1,2.)

AH-SG 26.8

2. Is a child ready for school before he has learned to obey?

AH-SG 26.9

3. Am I willing to sacrifice my children for my business?

AH-SG 26.10

4. Have I done my part as a parent when I hire someone to care for my baby? (187:2,3.)

AH-SG 26.11

5. Do I have my child’s confidence? (191:1,2.)

AH-SG 26.12

6. What am I doing if I have “no time” for my child? (191:3.)

AH-SG 26.13

7. How often do I play with my child?

AH-SG 26.14

8. When love is suppressed in the home, whose spirit is always present? (198:2.)

AH-SG 26.15

9. Do I expect adult perfection in my child?

AH-SG 26.16

F. How can I improve the relationship between me and my child?

AH-SG 26.17