May 26, 2010
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
Last day of school cheers are going on all around Atlanta. School may be out for the summer, but teaching and training continues. How will your child handle the summer break? If your child is ill-equipped to deal with the world’s temptations lurking about, a multitude of troubles could arise later on.
A great way to prepare your child for the summer ahead is to set boundaries and communicate your expectations and consequences clearly.
For instance, if your child stays home alone, remind them of the rules and what is and what is not permitted. If your child does not hear you say what you expect, chances are the practice will not result either.
Learning to meet parental expectations will help children understand the importance of following directions and consequences that result from not meeting those expectations. As a perk, this type of training also helps prepare them for employment as adults.
Discerning appropriate friendships will enhance your child’s summer experiences too. If your child has a negatively influential friend, the choice is yours to help train the friend or help your child chose positive friends.
It’s never too late to train a child in the way they should go. Every opportunity should be used to help them make the best possible choices with or without supervision.