Helping our children soar in this life as independent, confident and responsible adults who love the Lord is always on the forefront of our minds. As a parent of three wonderful children, I’m always on the lookout for how to prepare my children to take on the assignments God has for their lives. I’ve always been intrigued by the way a mother eagle teaches her eaglets to fly. It’s a worthy example of how guiding our kids (not over-controlling) helps them develop a healthy self-esteem and a sense of independence. Consider this excerpt: “When a mother eagle wants her baby to fly, she waits until her eaglet is 80% of his adult size. Then she sets him on the edge of the nest and pushes him off into the wild blue. She watches her baby bird freefall, then swoops down just in time to catch him on her wings. This exercise is repeated over and over until the baby eaglet learns to fly. By doing this, her baby’s confidence (and self-esteem, if eagles had such a thing) grows. Imagine if she was overly protective. Her eaglet would never learn to fly; he’d never mature.”
It’s and simple and as scary as that! Guided by the principles in God’s Word, we are able to create healthy boundaries, instruction and counsel for our kids. Mike Calhoun, from Word of Life Fellowship, shares some great parenting tips via Right Now Media. Click HERE to check out that video. Mike says, “Children, like adults, have a free will and cannot be controlled into any exact picture. Parents can, however, use biblical principles to guide children toward a faithful walk with the Lord. The type of guidance changes depending on the child’s developmental stage.” The verses he uses are below:
1. Boundaries and Instruction – young children (Ephesians 6:4)
2. Freedom with Limits – teens (Proverbs 18:13)
3. Counsel without Control – young adults (Proverbs 3:1–4; Isaiah 55:11)
Following the guidelines in Scripture will help us prepare graduates who are well- equipped to “leave the nest” and impact their world for Christ.
Educating For Eternity, Mr. Batson