Join us this week by podcast for Raise Your Genius, episode number two, as we discuss the Greatest Threat To A Child’s Potential.
Each week, I’ll share ways to help us create a genius culture within our homes, guide our children to discover their purpose, and provide the tools to help them lead the next genius generation.
The Greatest Threat To A Child’s Potential
We all have a story that begins with Mom and Dad.
Think about it. As parents, we kickstart our child’s legacy through our own.
Kids are always watching. And as they watch us, they quickly learn who we are, what’s most important to us, and what we love doing more than anything else.
That’s why, as parents, our actions teach our children more than anything they’ll ever learn in a classroom or from a textbook.
You know, for years, my greatest worry was what my kids would witness outside of the home when I wasn’t with them. Of course, I’m still concerned about those things and I guard them from outside negative influences as much as possible.
But I’ve come to realize my job as a parent is more powerful. Yes, I do have the power to protect my children from certain situations, and I do set boundaries and rules within our home as safety nets to help them.
But more than that, I have the power to demonstrate for my children—through my own actions—what it means to live the life God has created for me to live. And that is more powerful than all those other boundaries and rules will ever be.
If I can successfully demonstrate my faith and values before them now, in the future, they will have the tools to react and respond to any outside influences they may face.
How we live our lives and how we respond to situations and our circumstances, teach our children more than all those other things put together, more than what we worry about them seeing on TV or what they’ll accidentally discover when on the computer or playing on some other electronic device.
We are the greatest threat to our child’s potential. Because what we choose to do or refuse to do is taken and processed to be used throughout their lives.
So here’s the one principle we can follow to avoid hindering our child’s potential and instead, promote positive learning through our own actions everyday: imitate greatness.
In other words, practice what you’re preaching. Create an environment where those things, whatever those things are that you most want to teach your children, are easily incorporated as part of your everyday lifestyle.
Let’s choose to live a positive productive life so that our kids will be motivated and encouraged to do the same.
Today, what are you training your kids for?
What are they learning everyday from watching you?
“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he shall not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
As we encourage our kids to explore their talents and passions, let’s do the same for ourselves.
Let’s make sure we, too, are living out our purpose so that we can better help our children one day live out their own.
Imitate greatness. If children are great imitators, give them something great to imitate.
Think about it:
What is the one great thing you pray your child will learn from you?
Share your ideas with us!
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