Parenting School Age Children, Session 6: In this final session, we attempt to put a bow around this topic of parenting school-age children by focusing on one last, but very important topic – character, looking at it from a Biblical perspective.
Before our children go off to kindergarten, our primary focus, as parents, is on obedience; that is, teaching our children to submit to our authority, as agents of God. This is typically expressed within the realms of obedience and defiance.
But as our children begin that incremental journey away from our constant care and attention, there is a shift in our focus, as parents. In the school years, we begin to deal, more and more, with behavior that is undesirable, though it may not be disobedient or defiant. And this is where our parenting must become more sophisticated, because instead of dealing with the black and white issues of doing as they are told, we are now into the shades of gray in between, where our children must learn to use judgment, especially when they are away from our ever watchful eye.
It’s not enough that our children share when they are told. Rather, we want to raise children who understand why selfishness is wrong and move in the opposite, godly direction.