Many modern parents feel they don’t have too much to teach their kids. I, for one, couldn’t help mine with calculus or programming. In fact, the world of technology was changing so fast that they were often teaching me. It is enough to cause many parents to step back and rely on “experts” to do all the training – teachers, coaches, ministry leaders, etc.
Yet, there is one area where parents have the upper hand. Perhaps more than anything else, the ability to spot opportunity and capitalize on it belongs to the realm of adulthood. We have lived long enough to understand implications of certain choices. We understand the dynamics of groups. We can see weakness or strength in our child and in the organizations to which they belong. We can grasp windows of opportunity that open briefly and give our child an unusual chance to learn or to serve or to grow. Perhaps we get the idea that an older acquaintance might serve as a good mentor. Maybe we see a glaring need in an infant organization. Perchance we know the right people and can suggest an internship.
We need to think bigger than our kids and invite them to do something that intimidates them. It is essential to add something huge to their life to shrink their impossible. We are the ones with the wisdom to train them to create opportunities for themselves and to make the most of any chance they are given for growth.
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