You are probably asking, “What challenge NOW?”
Well, with so many time stealers out there in the big bad world, our job as parents is to be purposeful in how we spend our family’s time. And make no mistake, there are a lot of options.
One of the best ways to spend your time (and probably one of the most important things you can do while you still have your little blessings under your wing) is to help them discover their purpose here on our planet. Now, we realize that they have a lifetime to fulfill their calling, and most don’t have it all figured out by the time they’re 18, but you can have a general idea as to what lane they’ll be running in during their stint as a big person. What we DON’T want is for them to waste precious time as an adult trying to figure out what they want to be when they grow up (oops, I think that’s our story). Let’s save them from that great tragedy.
So, what are we doing to figure it out this big conundrum? (Wait! Don’t panic. We’re about to give you the answer.)
First, PRAY, PRAY, PRAY! Then, it’s all about exposure and discernment.
Expose them to as many experiences as possible (museums, art, music, instruments, reading, conversation, politics, puzzles, fashion, crafts,animals, zoos, science activities, different social environments, etc. ). Start a journal and log your child’s comments, facial expressions and reactions.
Think of things such as:
- What piques your child’s interest?
- When did she get bored with the activity?
- What makes her face light up?
- Which portion of it did she like?
- Which portion of it didn’t she like?
- What surprised you about her response?
- Is this something she may like down the road?
- Did I expose her to this too soon?
- How was she emotionally connected during the activity?
- If she had a better foundation or understanding, would she like it more?
So, what’s the challenge?
So glad you asked. Your challenge THIS WEEK is (if you’re willing to accept it, that is) to start a journal and be on the lookout for new adventures. Begin taking notes of your child’s reactions to the experiences you offer.
Be sure to leave a comment and let us know how it’s going. We’d LOVE to brainstorm ideas with you.