Children can only learn what is taught to them in a manner that reaches them. As parents you know the tendencies and patterns of your children. You understand their nature and character. Parents also know they can't parent a 16 year-old the same way they parent a 6 year-old. The ages and stages of development require different parenting approaches. From birth to about seven years old, kids are all ears. As parents we imprint on them values and beliefs. By age eight through the early teens, kids are reaching for self and an their identity. They argue and debate to establish, identify and figure out who they are. Parents can no longer imprint but can impress upon their children. By ages thirteen and beyond, parenting takes on a coaching flavor. Kids are finding their voice and wrestling with a greater understanding of the world around them. They need parents to also walk alongside, influence and encourage. Centering these parenting activities in prayer and God's word makes the whole journey an awesome adventure and creates windows of opportunity. Keep up the good work!
Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries