Raising a world changer is no easy task.
As you guide your strong-willed child with your family’s compassionate values and a sensitivity toward our planet and all of its inhabitants, intentional parenting will be a major key. Just like the principle of planting and harvesting… seeds in a garden will only grow into a plentiful harvest if you water, care for, and protect them.
The same principles apply to raising kids. What you put into raising and guiding your child in the present will harvest a strong, forward-thinking world changer in the future.
Apply these five keys to your child’s world… and watch him or her grow.
STUDY YOUR CHILD – As the parent of a world-changer child, you must start with a vision. What are your child’s natural gifts? What are his interests?
Sit down with each child in your household and ask them what they believe their gifts are. Find out how they want to use them to bring change into the world?
HAVE A STRATEGIC PLAN – Now that you have identified a few of your child’s gifts, talents, and interests, help her put those gifts into practice. Set goals and a desired outcome to keep the family on track.
If your son loves animals, think of ways this passion can make a difference. Depending on the age of your child, you can volunteer together at an animal shelter or dog-sit for a friend.
If reading is your child’s interest, bring her to read to seniors at a retirement community. It’s a great way to serve happiness and impact someone’s life for the better.
BE CONSISTENT – Consistency is one of the keys to raising a child who follows through on his commitments.
If you are wishy-washy or don’t follow through, they’ll follow your lead. Setting logical consequences and following the say-what-you-mean / mean-what-you-say philosophy will ensure your child always knows what to expect. Be intentional and have integrity with what you set out to do, so that you can be sure to keep your commitment.
ALLOW ROOM FOR EXPLORING – Experience is the best teacher! When we create the space for our child to explore, learning and development takes place at any age. A child who explores her ideas, thoughts and beliefs through action gains the freedom to engage with others on a deeper level.
Exploring helps us to discover who we are, what we like and what we don’t. Can you imagine creating an environment for your children where failure is embraced? Resiliency is a natural byproduct of learning what went wrong and how to correct it. What a wonderful gift to give your child!
BE YOUR CHILD’S CHEERLEADER – Your words hold power and your position has long-lasting influence. Make the decision to support and encourage your child throughout the trials and tribulations of parenthood.
Be careful with your words; choose them wisely. Be a parent she can trust with her innermost secrets and fears. If your child trusts you, you’ll gain access to walking with him along his journey to changing the world!
Photo by Amanda Seals: Green Child Kinsley calls herself an “Earth Watcher,” and says it’s her job to make sure people aren’t doing, “mean things to my habitat.”