Parents and the church should understand their youths to address their challenges. Here is a list of little known facts that can help parents and the church to nurture Godly youths.
Parents, do not ignore or fully delegate the responsibility of nurturing your youths
When you neglect taking care of your youths, you deny them parental love. Your absence in the lives of your youths increases their chances of exposure to bad companies and risky behaviors like embarrassment, drug and substance abuse, and premarital sex.
Youths are products of the genetic contribution of parents
Yes, you are right. Whatever you consume either by eating, reading, watching, or listening to can have an effect on youths. When you give birth, the likelihood of children sharing some of the traits you acquired is high. Whatever you pass to you children can become part of their lives. Be careful of your living style especially to those looking forward to future parenting.
Young people are highly vulnerable
Minimal protection of the youth from potential dangers makes them vulnerable. Daily, the youth respond to various stimuli popping up as they try to find meaning for life. The impulse of the heat and attractions facing young people raise a call to action to guard them with care.
Make youth development a priority
It is a tragedy that millennial parents are busy, too busy that they have ignored developing their youths. Remember you are accountable before God and answerable for the manner your raise young people. Make it a habit to spare time to help youths develop.
Young people are a prime target of satanic forces
This one of the major problems that will last until the end of the world. Initiation of young people into demonic cults with the promises of fame, wealth, and power is causing a drift from the spiritual path. Once they get into demonic cults, getting out becomes impossible without the intervention of the power of Jesus to whom every knee will bow at the end of time. Devil worship lures and destroys everybody. The evil promises give birth to more evil to an extent of people sacrificing their loved ones willingly or under compulsion. Pray for your youths and check on their interactions and the learning institutions that you choose for them.
Do not assume young people are naive
This is not the letter era. In this period of post modernism, young people have exposure to lots of information both constructive and destructive from diverse sources without parental input. Dust off the assumption that young people are uninformed. Whatever you hide from them might be already in their possession. Be wiser and tactful when giving them an address.
Parents who are bad role models pose threat to young people
Children copy what they what parents do at home. Ask yourself whether you are a good role model by evaluating how you carry out yourself, how you relate, and what you practice. Children of adulterous, alcoholic, hypocritical, robber and irresponsible parents face the danger of taking after their parents. Set a standard for your children by proper conduct.
Some forms of disrespect among children is a responsibility of some parents
How do you expect your children to respect you when you disrespect their integrity? Respecting you children induces the spirit of respect as a relational model. Young people have a high probability to disrespect the ‘all-knowing parents”. Learn to correct and guide the young people with love and respect.
Do not provoke your children
Quarreling over the past of young people and reminding them of their past mistakes is provocative. Imagine someone listing all your wrongs and reminding you from time to time. It could be offensive. Do not imprison your children to their past. Help them learn to get over their past and live positively for tomorrow.
Be practical with the rules you set
Rules help set the conduct of everybody in the home. Set realistic, precise, and specific rules for the well of the young people. It is easier for children to remember and faithfully adhere to clear rules. Do not set and break rules yourselves. Learn to read on the same page as a family. The rules should be for the good of the whole family.
Do not write off rebellious children
If you remember the story of the prodigal son, you will concur that not every rebellious child is lost forever. Some young people might appear lost for bowing to societal pressure and worldly pleasure. God has a plan for everyone. Do your part of educating the youth while they are young. Remember, Jesus died for the spiritual that they might have life.
Parents, do not forget your youthful days too fast
When you handle young people in a contemporary world, take time to reflect your youthful days. What did you do right? What did you do wrong? How did you overcome? This information might be resourceful as you handle the young people.
Parents have a responsibility to God for their children
This is a plain fact before every believer. Take care of the young people, teach them God’s precepts, and help them walk in a Godly path. Proverbs 22:6 states “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
It is only under divine guidance that parents and guardians will find the wisdom to bring up young people in a Godly way. As one seeks divine guidance, God is faithful to pour his Holy Spirit to clear the cobwebs from the mind and nourish the soul to shape children to face and overcome challenges in this world and for eternity. Refer to the book of James 1:4-6, “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
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