Raising A Non-Conforming Adult
Why is this concept of independence so important? It impacts way beyond your child eventually being emancipated from your home. We want our child to be able to make decisions “independent” of what the culture around them is deeming acceptable. We are reminded in Romans 12:2, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
This is such an important concept for us as parents to focus on because it not only impacts their relationships with others but their relationship with God. They have to be able, as leaders, to rise above what others and culture dictates is ok and learn to seek what God says. This is an area that we can begin to help them with as they learn how to cope through peer pressure in the tween years through the teen years. Keep in mind that this process is a slow two decade long training as we begin to emancipate them more and more. It’s a marathon of training all through the parenting process not just a sprint near the end.
Keep checking back this week as we start to look at practical ways to help your child learn to be more and more independent.