Sunday night my husband set up his laptop in the living room, and we did the scary work of filling out on-line forms and paying $300, to enroll our son at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in central Texas. Of course, my men turn every activity into stand-up comedy.
When we got to the medical information, my husband asked, "Do you have any bladder problems?"
"Only in AP English," said my son.
Despite their levity, I found it weighty business to put money on a specific path our son would take.
Solomon gives us this wisdom:
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6 NIV)
"The way" means: Journey, direction, course of life.
That means our job, as parents, is to point our child in a certain direction –a unique journey for which God has specifically shaped each child.
Here are some of the things my husband and I talked about behind closed doors, before we tried to counsel our children toward certain paths as adults:
1. What is this child's personality?
Our daughter is very reserved and likes to work by herself. My son is extroverted and likes to work alongside people. Our daughter hates attention. Our son loves it. We brainstormed career choices, in which the working environment fit each child's personality.
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