Why It’s Important to Raise Good Decision Makers
This seems like an obvious question, because how our child makes decisions will affect every aspect of their life. But if we truly believe this then why is this not a more prevalent focus of our parenting? For one thing it is a lot easier for us to make decisions for our child and not take the time to train the to make decisions for themselves. We are usually in a rush and taking the time to present and explain decisions to our child takes a lot of time and effort.
When we are in a rush and our child makes a poor decision we usually don’t take the time to help them process through how to make a better choice next time, we usually just yell and move on. Keep in mind if our child doesn’t know how to make decisions for themselves then they will spend their lives allowing others to make decisions for them.
Two verses that we consistently bring up in discussing parenting which apply to the decision making process as well are,
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Listen to today’s podcast for more on this topic.