Future-proof your children to thrive in life
What is hope? By definition, it means a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen. It is future-focused. Hope is something that we carry with us from the moment we hear that a baby is on his way.
Hope is something that we hold close to our hearts. It gives us the ability to dream, to expect that something good will happen, that our child has limitless potential and will grow up thriving in this world – and in the days to come. Hope has no room for fear, and it fights discouragement. It feeds courage in our lives. And we all need an extra dose these days. You need courage when you are about to give birth or let your little one go off on his day at school or even when you walk your daughter down the aisle.
What is the hope that you carry in your heart for your children?
“For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call on Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear [your voice] and I will listen to you,” records Jeremiah in chapter 29 vs 11.
Can you see it? Jeremiah records these famous words… “to give you a future and a hope.” Speak hope over your children as future proof them.
Your role in the parenting journey
Future-focused parenting includes future-proofing your children. You prepare them ahead of time for the days to come.
“We’re effectively trying to prepare our children for a new world of work where traditional careers may no longer exist and new, previously unimagined options will emerge. It’s a world about which we have no knowledge or experience, which is enough to make anyone anxious. But I hope that this uncertainty excites us, at least a little, for the many possibilities and opportunities it holds.” Sameer Rawjee, founder of the Life Design Lab at Google
First off, accept your own limitations on your parenting journey. Most likely, your knowledge of the Internet is still playing catch-up while your children are more intuitive in this area. Remember, they have never known life without the Internet, let alone wifi. Figure out where you need help and then seek it.
Second, become proactive in your parenting style. Don’t just react. Think about the adult you want your child to become one day; then head in that direction. It’s a long-term investment so prepare wisely and execute diligently. It’s a slow and steady process; this parenting-thing is intentional but not as serious as it sounds.
Third, don’t take yourself so seriously. Yes, your children will imitate you, and yes they will embarrass you at times, but keep it light. Your strength comes from your imperfections and the fact that you are human. Teach them to be human too – neither they nor you are perfect or expected to be perfect.
Future-proof your children and prepare them to thrive
You can future-proof your children. Consider the following intelligences and think about how you can invest in your son and daughter in these areas. Raise your children to be fully alive and fully human in these areas:
Physiological intelligence – how we treat our bodies shows up in the way we think and behave. Teach your children that their bodies are precious. What they eat, how they sleep, exercise and treat their bodies will impact their whole sense of well-being.
Intellectual intelligence – Our intellect is our ability to learn, the capacity to reason and apply logic to solve problems. It helps us understand things, to come to conclusions, and think. Cultivate a love for learning, and the ability to adapt.
Emotional intelligence – In a world where artificial intelligence is growing, nothing can replace a human being’s emotions. Emotional intelligence is crucial for learning. Wise parents take time to develop this ability in their children.
Spiritual intelligence – Every person has a spirit. We are not only a body with a mind. Our spirit is an essential part of who we are. Take time in the Word of God and train your children to love the Lord, to follow and obey His commandments.
Future-focused parenting is exciting, it is thrilling and most of all, it’s filled with hope.
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