As a Parent, your kid’s future means everything to you, right?
What parent would say no to such a question?
With Pinterest, Facebook and the internet in general we have parenting tips galore coming out of ears. Parenting is overwhelming in itself and now at every turn there is something telling us the “right way” to do it.
I believe there is a lot of advice out there that is right on. It is a wise thing to hold on to what is good the Bible even says test and examine things and then hold on to what is good. 1 Thess. 5:21
Over the many years of children’s ministry I have seen great parents, good parents and probably not so good of parents. I don’t say this because they used the wrong kind of sippy cup! Maybe parents don’t realize how legacies play out in the long run in a kid’s mind and heart. Overall goals need to be set & a path to achieve those goals must be adhered to.
1. A Parent’s expectations matter…
Using data from a national survey of 6,600 children born in 2001, University of California, Los Angeles professor Neal Halfon and his colleagues discovered that the expectations parents hold for their kids have a huge effect on attainment. "Parents who saw college in their child's future seemed to manage their child toward that goal irrespective of their income and other assets," he said in a statement. The finding came out in standardized tests: 57% of the kids who did the worst weren’t expected to attend college by their parents, while 96% of the kids who did the best were expected to go to college. The same would ring true in a child’s spiritual journey.
2. Understand a child’s ability to know God…
The current Barna study indicates that nearly half of all Americans who accept Jesus Christ as their savior do so before reaching the age of 13 (43%), and that two out of three born again Christians (64%) made that commitment to Christ before their 18th birthday. Half of all children who came to Christ were led by their parents. People who become Christian before their teen years are more likely than those who are converted when older to remain “absolutely committed” to Christianity. Kids understand a lot more than you think!
3. A child’s thoughts shape who they are spiritually: Use God’s Word…
Here's is an amazing truth about how our thoughts build powerful beliefs within our hearts. Most people have between 20,000 and 60,000 thoughts per day. Each of these thoughts will form its own individual chemical and electrical formation in your brain. If you are thinking about the words of God, your thoughts will form positive and healing electrical and chemical formations. (Dr.Dobson – focus on the family)
Things to think about…
In our busy, ever changing world always take time to listen, talk to and spend time with each of your children and impart the important things in life – and always tell them you love them no matter what.
What would you kids say was most important to you…it may become what is most important to them.