Your Toddler's Worldview

Toddlers and worldview are not concepts that seem compatible. The image of a 3–year-old doing a google search about worldview brings humor. However, your toddler does have a worldview. It shapes the way he looks at his life. It shapes the way he looks at you as his parent. It may be limited, but it is a worldview nonetheless. He actually expresses his worldview constantly. This worldview is shown in statements like:

I'm thirsty, he took my toy, I want a cookie, I'm tired, I'm hungry, I don't want to.

Do you see a pattern here? A toddler's worldview begins and ends with himself. This should not be surprising given that the Bible tells you your toddler's sole purpose in life from birth is to gratify the cravings of his flesh (Eph. 2:3). Left unchecked this limited, self-centered worldview will produce a teenager whose life is also centered upon himself.

Parents, this is where you come in. God commands you to challenge your toddler's natural self-centered view of the world. Your job is to teach your children this is God's world, not their world. Your instruction is to be just as basic as your child's natural desires and cravings.

I heard a young mother recently living this out as she corrected her young son. She finished by asking her son two pivotal questions:

"Sweetheart, who is in charge?"

"Mommy and Daddy."

"That's right! Now, who is not in charge?"

"Me."

In this short exchange, this mother has given her son an accurate view of reality. She is teaching him the basics of a Christian worldview.

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