Look behind and beyond the facts of your child’s education and be sure he is learning principles that will shape his life.
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 11:18-19
Is your child getting the right tools to face life as an adult?
Sure, you say. My child is getting a good education.
But an education is not the main thing that will get your child through life, although it certainly helps in getting a job.
A good education is really only the beginning, albeit an important tool to help your child stand on his own as an adult.
These verses in Deuteronomy talk about the importance of teaching our kids God’s ways. If you read the verses before vs. 18-19, you will see that the adults are being instructed in God’s commands. God was saying that we are to teach our kids life principles, obedience to God–these are the true tools your child needs to face life as an adult.
This puts a different slant on education. Perhaps it’s not so much the facts we are pushing onto kids, but the deeper principles of those facts.
In John Maxwell’s book, Sometimes You Win–Sometimes You Learn, he says something that reminded me of education’s true value:
The lessons we are given in school are not the things that carry us through life; those are just the lessons that give us the basic tools to face the real world outside the classroom walls. And that real world is going to sting.It is going to hurt. Sometimes it is going to bump and bruise you; other times it is going to knock you off your feet. The losses are going to come at you in every shape and size, and hit you in every area of your life from your finances to your heart to your health, and more–that much is guaranteed. What is not guaranteed is how you react to those challenges.
Next time your child does homework, or brings home a report card, instead of focusing on the grade, ask about what he is learning. Take some time to help him see the importance of the information he is shoveling in his head. If it does not give him tools to face life as an adult, then he is not getting the true values of an education, he is merely keeping busy.
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