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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Lead Your Children

By Hugh Rosenberg
June 17, 2012

Pastors Hugh and Brad Rosenberg of Fairfield, Ohio, share a special father-son relationship that was recently the subject of a book titled, Father Print: Leaving a Lasting Impression on Those You Love by Deborah Boock. The Rosenbergs share a passion for prioritizing the raising of the next generation. They use the acronym “LEAD THEM” as a summary of their advice on the subject.

Love them. Every child and every person on the planet needs to feel loved. You can demonstrate love by spending time with them and listening to them without judgment.

Encourage them. By discovering your children’s dreams and interests and being present in their lives, you can provide them with encouraging words and help them overcome fears and insecurities that may be holding them back from accomplishing their potential. Praise and other forms of reward will motivate them to stretch beyond their limitations.

Ask them. Asking your children questions is a great way to get to know what is going on inside of them and helps them to think about what’s important. Look them in the eyes when you are talking to them so that they know they have your full attention.

Discipline them. Discipline takes many forms, not just punishment. Chores are a good way to teach your children how to take responsibility. Teaching your children boundaries and how to respect others are important lessons so they can get along well with others.

Train them. Train your children not just how to do the things you know how to do, but teach your children your spiritual beliefs and why you believe them. Try to be a good role model for your children. They learn more from your actions than they do from your words.

Have fun with them. Learn how to play and joke around with your children. They need to learn how to relax and unwind from the stresses that they have in their lives. Expose them to new experiences. Make it a goal to make memories.

Equip them. Help your children understand what they are good at and provide them guidance in how they can develop their strengths. Teaching them spiritual disciplines like praying and reading their Bibles will carry them through the rough spots in life.

Motivate them. Teach your children how to set goals, and reward them when they accomplish those goals. If your children are rewarded for good behavior, then they will be inclined to repeat that behavior.

HUGH ROSENBERG served as senior pastor at Tri County Assembly of God in Fairfield, Ohio, for 40 years. BRAD ROSENBERG is the current lead pastor at Tri County Assembly. All sales of this book go directly to Convoy of Hope:

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