The Four Parts of The Training Process
As we have discussed previously, there are four “E’s” to every training process we face with our children. We need to focus on all four of these steps for successful training.
The first is our example as parents. Are we setting the example of good decision making? If we make a bad choice are we humble enough to explain and help our children learn from our mistake? Do our children see us going to God’s word, praying about it and seeking Godly advice when we make a decision? Remember a very big part of the training process is living out what we are teaching.
The second step is exposing them to the decision making process. Like we said in example, include your children in decisions that are being made as a family. Allow them to see how to process a big decision.
The third “E”, is experience. We need to allow our children the experience of making their own decisions. We stated Monday that often it is easier as parents to make decisions for our child because it is so time consuming to walk them through the process. However, if we are not allowing them to practice decision making then we are actually stunting development in this area.
Finally comes encouragement. We also need to take the time to encourage our children when they make decisions. We need to go crazy with praise when they make the right choice, but we also need to take the time to encourage when the decision is not the right one. This means we take the time to process with our child and encourage that they can do better and you believe that they can make the right choices.
Listen to today’s podcast for more insight on this topic.