How To Help Children To Succeed

I was recently listening to a talk by Kara Powell. She works for the Fuller Youth Institute in the United States of America. They have been doing a significant amount of research to determine what impacts children to succeed in life.
A child has many interactions with various people in their lives. They have educational professionals, friends, neighbours, extended family, sporting coaches and Church workers.
But what the research has shown is that no matter how remarkable a child’s connection is with someone, no one is more influential than their parents.
No matter how much time or energy we pour into other children, we can’t out-teach what parents are teaching at home. At least it’s certainly very difficult to do so.
Parents influence more than anyone. This means two things:
  1. If you are a parent you have a significant role to play. Being a parent is something to take most seriously. You are shaping and mounding the future of the children in your house whether you like it or not!
  2. If you are not a parent, but you would like to play a significant role in a child’s life, then you need to work with the parent to do so. Don’t just build relationships with kids and youth but take the time to befriend their parents as well.
When parents win, kids win.
When kids win, God wins. He called us all to love them and welcome them into our lives.
Lord, you created us to live in community. And You highlighted to us that children are a significant part of our community. No matter what our gifts or passions are, may we never stand in the way of allowing a child to flourish.
In fact, may we support parents and children so our world is a better place. Amen.
How can you help a parent win today?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.