Train up your Child

I just have a few minutes before I go and have lunch with a friend. Rachel is with her grandparents (don’t you just love your in-laws?) She is visiting cousins, back this evening.

John and I have been talking recently about the importance of being prepared for the next stage of our daughter’s development. One great reason for doing The Marraige Course at the moment is to give us some space before we tackle the teenage years.

Even just having a dialogue about this is useful, as it means that we are both thinking along the same lines. There is some really useful information and advice online from (mostly mothers) who have been there and got the T-shirt.

How do we train up our daughters in today’s world to live exciting lives and following Jesus but also mindful of the dangers and distractions that might come their way?

Helping them to recognise their identity in Christ is a good start. When they know how loved they are by God, and the value that Jesus placed on them when He died on the cross in their place goes a long way to teach them what real value and love look like.

Modelling the behaviour and values that we consider important is also vital if we want our teens to sit up and listen to what we have to say. One thing teenagers see through immediately is hypocrisy, so we need the be the role models we want them to have, not just expect them to do as we say. The old adage “do as I say, don’t do as I do” will not cut it here!

So as we embark on this new chapter of our family life we are fully relying on the grace of God to be His disciples and in so doing praying that our daughter will follow the path chosen for her by God.

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