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For example, my mom used to tell me that I was an amazing writer. She even got me a journal for my seventh birthday. But I didn’t think I could ever make a career out of my love for words unless I wanted to be an English Teacher. So, I went off to college and majored in Criminal Justice. It wasn’t until I was neck-deep in diapers that I began journaling online when “blogging” became a thing. As God would have it, I co-founded several amazing websites and had a career in the news industry as an award-winning journalist, became an author and now I am a full-time writer at home. My mother saw my giftings and did her best to draw them out. Over the years of college and careers, she would remind me of my gift for writing as she would unhusk all the labels the world put on me. Now that I am a mother of three, I see each of my children’s natural talents. As much as I want my son to a pastor and my youngest daughter to be a doctor—I am in the process of encouraging Elijah to tinker with things because he is so good at fixing anything. And my youngest?

She has this amazing, natural raw talent of sketching and drawing. All of her teachers are finding ways to continue to cultivate this talent too. We honor God by pointing out He created them with purpose. He created each with giftings and talents and these gifts play a bigger role in God’s kingdom. Our job to watch and listen carefully. What excites your child? What does he do really well naturally? What bores her? What do you do when you see a low grade? What happens if your child decides college isn’t for them? My older two children do not do well in school. When they bring home C’s and D’s—I don’t bat an eye. Because I help them with their homework, I know that school is a challenge. Both are handson learners. When my oldest began looking at colleges, we knew a traditional university wouldn’t be for her. Instead, she chose and thrived at a technical college where she learned hands-on skills for her career. This is what it means to help your child find their path! Note what they talk about frequently, what they avoid, and ask what they like/dislike about the activity.

How Should Parents Train Up a Child? If their inner voice is ours, let’s ensure we speak into their lives with unconditional godly love with His Words on our lips. Part of parenting is doing our best to raise up faith-filled kids. You may not think your children are watching or listening to you. Several studies point out the opposite, especially for fathers. CBN reported, “Swiss researchers discovered that if Dad faithfully attends church, even though Mom doesn’t, kids are still 44 percent more likely to keep going to church as adults. But if Mom goes regularly and Dad never shows up, only 2 percent of the kids continue to attend. That’s a very big gap and a telling sign of why the father’s influence is so significant.” Curtis Burnam a youth pastor illustrates this point, stating, “Kids who are taken to church by Mom but not Dad are harder to keep in church. They tend to drop out at higher rates when they reach adolescence. They are also harder to engage when they do come to youth group. This is true for girls as well as boys.”

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