When we were homeschooling, there were foundational subjects—the three R’s--that everyone needed to master in order to successfully study anything else. Then there was the “core knowledge” of basic information needed to be able pick up the clues and function well in culture. Lastly there was specialized information—the areas where you went beyond the basics, to help each child become more adept at what interested them.
One of my daughters always wanted to be a mother. God provided three opportunities for her to gain specialized information. When she was about ten, she became a certified sitter as the hospital offered babysitting training. When she was twelve, I was specifically praying about how to incorporate more specialized childcare training in her schooling. A family at church asked her to take care of their two children part-time. At fourteen, the church was looking for a nursery supervisor. They were reluctant to put a teenager in that position, but it turned out to be an ideal situation from both sides.
As a parent, it’s important to help your children see and develop their strengths. God has designed each of us to uniquely serve others. We have been gifted “for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12.) It is a privilege to be equipping our children while they are under our care.
What “strength training” are you doing for yourself or children?
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