Practical Christian Parenting – 1 – The End Goal
As with any endeavor, good parenting requires an end goal. Christians can find their end goal all ready created for them by God in the Bible. Do you know where it is? Do you use it? If you do, you know it works.
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Today we’re going to embark on a new series on Parenting. We have twelve presentations planned for this series. We’re going to call it Practical Parenting. Not only are we going to show skills and strategies, but also cover sticky issues that can derail parenting efforts and go under the hood, so to speak, and think about what our fundamental goals are, and then how to achieve them. So this first presentation is called The End Goal of Parenting. This is probably the most important part of the whole thing. If you don’t start out in the right place, you’ll end up somewhere else.
In his book, The Seven Habits of Successful People, Stephen Covey tells us, “Consider the end in your mind.” In other words, “Let’s have a goal for our parenting.” To be successful with any endeavor, it’s important to know what the finished product should look like – what we want to accomplish. This is certainly true of parenting, too. Well, most people with whom I interact seem to be helter-skelter about their parenting. They seem to be noodling their way through with no plan at all – just trying to survive the experience.