Parenting for Faith – 6 – Choice
God has given humans free will. Consequently, allowing our children to make choices is important. They need to make lots of their own choices, in order to get ready to be adults.
This presentation, Choice, is about the freedom our children need to develop. It contains specific strategies to enhance their life experience and faith in God.
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When children get to make lots of choices, it helps them see the possibilities for their life. And when they see those possibilities, that enhances their confidence and teaches them how to see that all choices in life have consequences – some good, some bad. And so that causes them to be more inclined to become responsible in the choices they make.
Now, we know that this one – the issue of choice in parenting – is pretty much beaten to death in the parenting literature. Everybody knows that giving your kids choices is a good thing to do. And my thought is that everything else we’ve been talking about is just as important, but it doesn’t get as much play. So I was thinking about how to cover this part of the presentation about choice and not be overly redundant, so what I decided to do is to cover some issues of choice that aren’t immediately apparent in every case – some more subtle ways to allow choices with children – and some concrete examples about how to do that.