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Walking in Their Shoes

Fourth Commandment Activity

Activity Objective:
The young people will reflect on the Fourth Commandment and their attitudes toward obedience to their parents or other adults.
Lesson Outcome:
The young people should be able to identify the implications of following the Fourth Commandment.
  • Paper, pencils
  • Review the Fourth Commandment with the group.
  • Direct the young people to think of three rules they live by at home. Have them write them on a sheet of paper.
  • Next, have them write next to each rule three or four sentences about why their parents might have made such a rule.
  • Then invite volunteers to share their work and to comment on whether or not they will have that same rule for their own children some day.
  • When everyone has shared, conclude by saying: "I hope that this exercise has helped us to see the wisdom in the Fourth Commandment."
Learning Styles:
People Smart,Self Smart
Approximate Time:
20  minutes
If the young people are hesitant to share their thoughts aloud, you can form small groups for the final discussion.