Developing Bolder and Brighter Kids
by Pastor Joy Amenkhienan
Learn how to take care of your kids from the stage of growing up (between the ages of 3-7) to the stage of discernment.
The Growing Up Stage
At this stage, parents should ensure that their kids attend church services regularly. They should not leave them at home while they are in church.
It’s also at this stage that parents ought to start activating their plans for their kids. That’s when they should compliment their children on whatever they do. This would give them the boldness to do better next time. They should not be hushed up whenever they try to say something and emphasis should not be placed on the wrong things they do but on the good. Parents must also talk their children up. For example, they don’t need to have passed an examination before you let them know they’re intelligent. Parents must use faith-filled words in communicating to their kids.
Most importantly, kids should be properly dressed at all times. Good dressing gives them self confidence. They should be neatly and decently dressed at all times. They should wear the best.
The next stage is between ages 8 and 14.
The Stage Of Discernment
This is a very critical time for the children. Parents should pay close attention to their kids because whatever they learn at this age will not be easily forgotten. Here they begin to make choices about what appeals to them. Here, constant communication between parents and kids is very important in avoiding wrong influences. The parents should guard against wrong habits in their kids.
Parents must know their children’s friends. They have to ensure that their kids have children of like minds and from Christian homes around them. Playtime should not just be about playing; parents should ensure that their kids get the right kind of information during leisure. This includes the right language, the right games, the right movies, the right books etc.
Kids can write confessions and place them on their walls or on their bed sides. They can also have “talking” sessions and engage in Bible games.
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