I coach high schoolers in 3 different sports: cross country in the fall, basketball in the winter, and rowing in the spring. I haven’t had a teenager of my own just yet, but I can definitely see how Tripp is dead on with assessment that obedient, respectful teenagers are developed at ages 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 vs. 13, 14, 15, or 16.
I walked through the course with my girls today at the start of the cross country meet and they started talking about what their parents think of them (or at least how they perceive how their parents think of them). It is so interesting to hear how they think adults see them, including how I see them.
Then I think about my own daughter and how she could be one of these girls in 13 years and wonder what her coach will overhear her day about her parents. Don’t get me wrong, I am not in the parenting game to get my kids to like me. I do, however, pray that they will be able to see my open communication and strict but fair discipline as something constructive meant to draw them closer to the God of the universe, the One who hung the stars AND shaped them within my womb.
Join me today and pray for wisdom, discernment, compassion, and consistency in parenting, even from an extremely young age (I’m preaching to myself and talking to you, parents of toddlers). We need all the help we can get to engage in biblical parenting…why not start now?
This is part of a 31 day series of shepherding a child’s heart in 5 minutes a day (click here for the series intro). I pray this series edifies you as much as reading Tripp’s book has encouraged and challenged my husband and I in how we raise our children. Subscribe to the blog in the side bar if you’d like to get posts emailed to you in a weekly digest or subscribe on your favorite blog reader.