By Wanda Parker
(I am now writing about Children’s Ministry and equipping parents at www.kidtrek-sundayplus.org I will continue writing about Christian After School Programs here.)
Below is a sample of a Parenting Tip found in the Sunday Plus curriculum.
TEACHING CHILDREN TO PLAN, PREPARE AND IMPLEMENT TASKS
Celebrations provide a great opportunity to train your children to plan, prepare and implement tasks. These are skills that are vital for a productive adulthood.
THE ABILITY TO PLAN OPENS MANY DOORS.
- Planning begins with a purpose.
- Planning requires looking into the future.
- Planning requires looking at ALL the options.
- Planning requires making difficult choices based on desired outcome – Purpose.
- A planner learns to eliminate what feels good for what will bring the desired outcome.
- Planning requires one to learn to be intentional.
- Planning teaches one how to predict outcomes.
- Preparation of the plan provides the opportunity to learn new skills to fulfill the plan.
- Preparation teaches perseverance.
- Preparation teaches cause and effect
- Implementing a plan builds vigilance.
- Implementing a plan teaches consequences.
- Implementing a plan develops a sense of accomplishment
LACK OF PLANNING SKILLS LEADS TO A DIFFICULT ADULTHOOD
- Adults unable to predict outcomes resort to impulsive decisions.
- Adults unable to understand cause and effect take dangerous risks.
- Adults who didn’t learn to persevere, may have trouble keeping a job.
- Adults with no sense of purpose will have no life goal.
- An adult who does not believe s/he is capable of accomplishing anything of worth won’t accomplish anything of worth.
Who do you want your child to be when s/he is 40 – mentally, emotionally, physically, socially, and spiritually?
As a parent, if you desire to be more intentional in planning out how to walk with your child into adulthood ask your Children’s Pastor/Director for KidTrek’s Child Discipleship Plan.