Special Words of Encouragement to Parents from a WCCS Grandparent
Looking forward to our Lower School Grandparents Day on November 1 and our Upper School Grandparents, Veterans, and First Responders Chapel on November 11 - we have asked Kay Robinson, WCCS grandparent, board member, and former teacher to share a few words of encouragement and wisdom to parents on this week's blog!
Oftentimes, folks equate age with wisdom, and although I am not entirely sure that is always the case, there are a few nuggets of “wisdom” that I would like to share with WCCS parents from my perspective as a grandparent. Here are a few thoughts that I pray will guide you as Christian parents as you seek to disciple your children.
Each child is unique and special. I know you have heard this before; grandparents aren’t the only ones who understand this. It’s so easy to get caught up in the world’s view of how your child should be performing at school, on the athletic team, how many extra-curricular activities they should be involved in to get into that “perfect” college – the list goes on. Oftentimes, in doing so, we end up overloading our family’s schedule and forget to ask the question, “What is God’s will for my child’s life?” Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” God has designed each one of your children to know and love Him as special individuals with an entirely unique purpose for His Kingdom. I would challenge you as parents to give them as many opportunities in a variety of settings to discover what their God-given talents are. This may require you to go against the grain of the world in which we live, or perhaps to let go of some of your own expectations. Your child may not be a star athlete or receive a perfect SAT score, but rest easy! He has a plan, and it’s a GOOD one. Encourage your children to move forward in whatever dream the Lord has placed in their heart, with confidence and knowledge that He will direct their steps. Also, mom and dad - know that we as grandparents are on your side to guide your child to be exactly what God wants them to be. It gives me such joy as a grandparent to be involved of the lives of my own grandchildren!
You are still the most important people in your child’s life. While it’s true that the world has a lot of influence in your child’s life, research has shown that parents are still the number one influencer. Isn’t that great news? The most important thing you can do for your child is to live your life in a way that imparts the love of Christ to them. There is simply no greater advantage that you can give. Your children are watching your daily walk with Christ, looking to see if it lines up with your “talk”. How are you demonstrating that your faith is something that is real and relevant to everyday life? What they see in you will shape their lives for eternity.
I encourage you to partner with Westminster Catawba Christian School in the raising of your children. As a WCCS grandparent, former WCCS teacher, and board member, I can tell you from experience that it is our desire that each one of our students know Him by studying, believing, and living out the Scripture as disciples of Jesus Christ. What an incredible resource for mothers and fathers to have as you journey through parenthood!
I look forward to seeing all of you at our Lower School Grandparents Day on Friday, November 1 and/or our Upper School Grandparents and Veterans Day on Monday, November 11. Don’t forget to rsvp your student’s grandparents for a great morning of fellowship if you haven’t already! You can send those rsvps to Lisa Barlow at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to see you there!