The First Voice

by on October 9, 2014 » Add the first comment.

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If you don’t care who speaks into your child’s life about the big issues, the hard questions… then you can ignore this. Go on to the next link in your newsfeed. But if you do…

You (Dad and Mom… Parents… Spiritual leaders for your kids) need to be the first voice for your child about important life questions and issues. I know I mention worldview a lot… but it’s only because it is so important. That’s why at our church you will hear this statement pretty consistently…

“The most important thing about you is your concept of God.”

Kind of sums it up, huh? What we know and believe about God shapes how we see our world. And guess what? That’s true for your child too. Your child’s worldview is massively important. The framework through which they see their world dramatically impacts their thoughts and decisions.

With that being said… as parents, we want to have a major role in helping to shape their worldview. When it comes to talking about hard and tough questions, we need to be the first voice. This is why it is important to know our kids… know what they are learning and what influences are contributing to their life (even what they are learning from their teachers at school). If we want to be the first voice on issues like truth, science, sex, etc. then we need to be prepared and ready to talk about it before they begin to learn about it from other places.

Be prepared and ready to talk about these issues so that when the questions come up (and they will) you are ready to talk to them about it and speak from a foundation that is built on the Word of God. Unfortunately, the time to do this continues to be younger and younger as culture and secularism continue to creep into our elementary schools, mainstream media, entertainment and social media.

Here’s a free tip… most of the foundation for their worldview is set in place by the age of 12. And… if your child is spending time with kids that have older siblings, these conversations may happen earlier than you’d expect. Listen to your kids and encourage them to ask questions. Take their questions seriously and answer them with truth – based on age-appropriateness. Keep the lines of communication open with them so that they know they can ask you and you will answer them truthfully, honestly and based on a biblical worldview. Wouldn’t you rather them ask you?

Any experiences with this? How do you keep communication open and encourage your kids to ask you the hard questions?

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