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Get Your Child Ready for their Best Year Yet! (It’s not just about the clothes and school supplies)

Get Your Child Ready for their Best Year Yet! (It’s not just about the clothes and school supplies)

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by Aya Fubara Eneli, M.A., J.D. AYA ENELI INTERNATIONAL

Summer break is almost over and many parents are already busy prepping for the new school year. While there are a plethora of articles and advice columns on the latest trends in clothes, electronics and all things coolness, I would encourage all parents and caregivers of youth to devote as much (if not more) effort to the spiritual growth required for sustained success in life.

The Bible admonishes parents to train up a child the way they should go and assures us that when we do so, we are guaranteed that child (upon maturation) will live out what we taught him or her.  (Proverbs 22:6)

In Joshua 1:8, God says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” This is the only verse in the early English versions where the word “success” is found in the Bible. So, with all the budgeting and planning for back-to-school shopping, how much time, effort and resources are you devoting to getting your child spiritually prepared for the God kind of success? Do you have anything specific you intend to do to help shape your child’s thought life this year?

Here are some Ideas and Strategies You May Choose to Implement with Your Child:

1.) Sharpen their minds. In the last few weeks before school resumes, get them reading books on character, or success or goals. Something that inspires them to see themselves as having significance and having the ability for greatness no matter their age. Remember, garbage in; garbage out. We need to be intentional about what our children are taking in through their eyes and ears.

2.) Encourage your child to create a vision board. A vision board is simply a tool for your child to visualize and dream more concretely about what they want in their life. You can search for ideas for creating a vision board.

3.) Teach your child how to set S.M.A.R.T goals. While the vision board inspires and focuses your child, setting SMART goals will help them hone in on the day-to-day steps they must take in order to achieve their vision for their lives.

4.) Set aside time to pray over your child, your child’s goals and vision for their life and godly influences. Pray also for whoever they will be interacting with.

5.) Create a Plan for Spiritual Growth. We know the farmer can only plant, but cannot guarantee growth, but yet the farmer plants anyway and trusts God for the growth. Likewise, with our children, we should be diligent to teach them the Word of God and trust that God’s Word will always accomplish its purpose. As you plan out your child’s day with school and other activities, pay careful attention to making time for them to participate in church, study the bible individually (if they are old enough) and corporately as a family.

6.) Engage your children in service to others. Compassion and civic responsibility, like everything else, is best learned through action and not just words.

7.) Develop a mantra, a list of affirmations and or a theme for your school year as a family.

A successful school year is not just about educational accomplishments or how popular and cool they are. Their spiritual growth and personal development will shape their character which will have long-lasting impact on their lives. This year, really equip them for their best year yet.

Aya Fubara Eneli is the CEO of Aya Eneli International, a best-selling author and a sought after speaker. She, her husband and their five children reside in Central Texas. Follow her on Twitter @ayaeneli, like her at facebook.com/ayaeneli or email her at
info@ayaeneli.com.

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