Cheryl and I have two incredible boys. We know that God has blessed us dramatically with them. This week our oldest Jeremy turns 20. I will no longer be able to say I have 2 teenage boys.
Jeremy leaving his teens makes me reflect on my role as a dad. So far he and his brother have been consistent Christ-followers. Both indicate they have experienced a call to the ministry. Both are respectful, polite and generous young men. They love (most of the time) spending time with their parents. I get the pleasure of sharing wisdom with them often, because they regularly seek my advice.
People ask me all the time how we did it. I always point to God’s grace…and Cheryl, but it is important to note that we practice intentional parenting. We truly believe it’s our job to lead our children somewhere. We know we aren’t finished yet, but so far…so good.
Here’s the outline of our “plan” for effective parenting:
* Model Christ-like living
* Dream a vision for who you want your children to be
* Create goals specific to the vision
* Develop a plan to meet the goals
* With Christ’s help, work the plan
Tomorrow I’ll share some practical parts of this plan.