Sometimes it's hard to keep the long-term goal in mind when mentoring your child. Today on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith and Inge Cannon talk about the aim of mentoring.
Inge, I know you think that there are significant, crucial decisions that mark the passage from youth to adulthood. Would you explain that?
Well, the Bible outlines about five areas where parents uniquely need to guide their children. The first of those is to identify their bent. We're to figure out what that bent is, and then fit that child into that career path according to their bent. And then we need to help the child develop marketable skills. We need to help him secure employment. We need to help him obtain housing, because he has to live somewhere somehow. And finally, we need to guide him in the process of confirming who his marriage partner will be.
Okay, you've given us that goal, but what should the parents' highest priority be during mentorship?
As a Christian, I believe the highest goal ought to be discipleship. And that ought to be to develop the character, the ethics, even the etiquette, that are necessary to model the life of the Lord Jesus Christ in our own lives, and therefore make us a fitting testimony to others for God's glory.
Inge, that's very good advice. I'm Mike Smith.
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