Proverbs 29:18a (KJV) says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” In context this means God’s people need to know what they’re aim is and what plan God has for them. Once they understand this, they’re more likely to follow the laws of God.
How do we apply this concept to parenting? You must know your aim with your children. It is easy to sit back and let them develop into whatever they become. In fact, the current cultural standard is not to interfere whatsoever with your child’s development. You’re told your job is to encourage them to become whatever their natural tendencies are.
However, if you do this, in metaphorical (and sometimes literal) ways, your child will perish. Children (including teenagers) need guidance and discipline. You as dad and mom have to know where you’re guiding them. Zig Ziglar always liked to say, “Aim at nothing and you’ll hit it every time.”
Here is a quick video on how to be intentional when raising your teenager. This will help you reset your compass if you find you’re off course.
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Lauren Goodman, MS, MFT