Our lives are saturated with training opportunities.
The mail includes advertising brochures for conferences and seminars offering training on every subject from "Cooking an Italian Dinner": to "Getting Along with Difficult People:" (a seminar they seem to put on every six months or so). Work, too, has training: training on new programs, training on new computer software, training on time management, training on safety regulations ...
The point is - training is a buzzword of our time. But training has been a buzzword for a long time. Solomon wrote: Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it (Proverbs 22:6). And whether you prefer KJV, RSV or ESV - the word is train. Train in the Bible is from the Hebrew word chanak which means to initiate or discipline. (Discipline, by the way, does not mean punishment, but rather comes from the word disciple.)
Let's say you decided to attend a workshop on a new software program. You walk into the room and the instructor comes in carrying a TV. He nods to you, sits down at the front of the room and starts watching a football game. Some in the class begin to chat and he stops watching long enough to yell at them to be quiet. You have a question about the subject and you attempt to get the instructor's attention, but he's focused on the screen and doesn't hear you.
After the class is over, you go out "into the world," try to use the software, but nothing works. You contact the instructor who is devasted. What did he do wrong?
Yet, sometimes we as parents do this very thing. We focus on everything but training our children, hoping that the children will turn out OK and learn everything they have to learn on their own.
Doesn’t work that way.
We need to be intentional with our kid-training.
And kid-training is not limited to a weekend seminar, but is an ongoing instructional curriculum.
We need to be as focused on our teaching as we want our kids to be focused on hearing what we teach.