Many parents overlook the important parenting points I discuss today.
Regardless if you are already aware of the following parenting points, be sure to re-evaluate how you are addressing them in your home.
Wisdom is Not the Same as Knowledge
First, don’t be fooled into thinking that just because your child can rebuild a computer or get good grades that he’s necessarily on the golden pathway to success.
Even teens with high IQ’s can still struggle in the action and consequence part of their thinking process.
Knowledge and intelligence doesn’t always equate to wisdom.
The Internet can make anyone look knowledgable; however, it’s in the everyday application of that knowledge and intelligence that exposes one’s level of wisdom.
Knowledge and intelligence requires no moral component.
Wisdom, however, is all about morals. Hitler, Ted Bundy, and Bernie Madoff were all highly intelligent and knowledgable. However, they lacked wisdom.
Parents, campout with your kids in Proverbs and put a premium on wisdom.
Your Teen May Have a Dark Side
Second, the truth is many of today’s parents are naive about the dark side of their kids.
Many of us don’t think our kids have a dark side at all.
At the risk of sounding like a doomsday prophet, before we get too excited about our kids making the honor roll, keep in mind that 80% of today’s kids cheat.
Before we get too excited about our daughter’s chastity rings, keep in mind that other forms of teen sex are soaring off the charts.
And, if we think our public school-attending teenagers haven’t already seen pornography; well, we probably think they wouldn’t lie to us about it either.
Parents, how would we handle the temptations and new moral standards of today’s culture if we were kids today? With this said, we might reconsider our parenting strategies as we navigate 21st century America.
Conversation Starter: What are some other parenting points that you have seen parents overlook?