Papa Bear has challenged us all to read and discuss John Maxwell’s “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”. In his third principle, The Law of Process, Maxwell writes that leaders are learners and as a learner myself I cannot agree with him more. With that, I thought I would share with you what I am reading at home. So, as a leader within youth and children’s ministry and as a father of a three year old girl, I am really eating up James Dobson’s “Bringing Up Girls”.
The first chapter of the book recounts the tender nature of girls and how they crave attention from their parents. No doubt I see this in Emma, today she showed me the work she had done in pre-school and will always want to dance or dress-up for me. This yearning for attention has been shown to create deep, lasting memories, especially when not given. Dobson warns that even the smallest of gestures can create considerable memories. He goes on to challenge parents that they are the only ones that will truly have the influence to teach moral purity and spiritual training.
Help me out and other camp parents, what are you doing daily or weekly to give your children the attention they yearn for?
“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he shall not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6