We are having a parent equipping event on April 16-17, called Transitions Parenting Conference. (You can read about more of the details on our website.) You may be wondering if this is going to be similar to last year’s conference, or you may be wondering why we are calling it “Transitions.” We’d like to explain our purpose in having this equipping event.
It is crucial that we are always looking ahead as we lead our children, not just over the next few months, but over the next year, and 2-3 years, and even 10 years. We need to have a long-term vision for our children, instead of merely parenting in the moment. For example, if you have a 2 year old, you need to be thinking about what you want him to be like at age 4 or 5. If you have a 3rd grader, you need to be parenting her to be a 5th grader. And if you have a young teenager, you had better be thinking about what it looks like to prepare him to leave the house. This is what it looks like to shepherd your child from a kingdom-perspective.
We want to help you in this process. We will discuss some major concepts, and give guiding principles about how it applies to the specific “transitions” in your child’s life. The three main transitions we will focus on are:
- Around age 5-6 (about the time the child begins school)
- Around age 11-13 (middle school years)
- Around age 16-17 (about the time the child gets a drivers license)
As you can see, this is a joint Children’s & Student Ministry event. If you have a child anywhere from age 1-17, you should make it a point to be here. This event is open to the public, so feel free to invite friends, neighbors, and family. You can find more information and find a link to register on our website.