The 2 Components of Making Wise Decisions
There are two components that are necessary to teach our children so they can consistently make wise choices. The first is knowing where to go to find answers. This is the first step to a good decision making process. There are many places we can train our children to go to look for answers if they are unsure in a decision. The first is always God’s word. Many of the answers we need, can be found by simply cracking open the Bible and looking. Another place to go is other people who can help give wise and Godly advice. This is great area to help our children practice. The more quickly they learn not to take advice from just anyone the better their decisions will be.
The second is learning the discipline to do the things I know are the wisest things to do even when I am tempted to do the opposite. This means that we need to teach our children, when they find the answer that they are looking for in scripture or through wise advice, they need to stick with it even if it is hard. Helping our children to use their heads in the decision process and not their wants or emotions will help them in the face of temptation. The second thing that we need to help our child with is learning the discipline of saying no. This is a very difficult thing for most of us but something that is essential for good decision making. We have even spent a week discussing The Power of No.
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