“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Most of us have heard that proverb, but what does it really mean? James Dobson explains that it is training your child according to his natural bent. I love to ask my grandchildren, “What is the most exciting thing that happened at school, church, party, etc. today?” Then listen to what detail was important to them. Listening, along with praying for God’s discernment, will give you answers about what motivates your child and the “natural God-given” talents and inclinations that is their “natural bent”! When we nurture what God has started in them according to their personalities, and not try to make them fit a mold we determine, we will help them find His meaning and purpose for their lives. 

— Debbie

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