Shine Atlanta Ministry held a child psychology seminar to inform parents how each stage of a child’s development can be a great opportunity to build a solid biblical foundation.
By Anna Kim
As every child is born with his own individual way of approaching the world, parenting should be performed accordingly.
Dr. Jon Bergeron, who was invited by Shine Atlanta Ministry as a guest speaker for a child psychology seminar on April 22nd at SeKwang Baptist Church in Suwanee, emphasized biblical parenting. He spoke about how to raise kids biblically, laying a strong foundation (pre-school years), building the rooms (school years), punch list/hand over the keys (teen years), and making blueprints.
As far as biblical parenting is concerned, is it steadfast?
“Sometimes parents are apt to follow the trend in parenting as in the fashion world if a particular way is a huge hit. A deluge of information of the polar parenting might precipitate parents into the chaotic and confusing world,” said Dr. Bergeron. “Hereupon, the parenting based on the bible is the one parents should get to work. It is not trendy, but eternal. It shows what the wisest parenting would look like.”
Dr. Bergeron indicated three points with regard to the ideal parenting: loving authority, leading as a servant, and infusing wisdom in kids.
“In a circumstance that friend-like approach to their kids seems like a general trend, authority implies a negative image such as suppression or control. However, authority in the bible is totally different. It is not a privilege for adults or does not make kids fear their parents with the authority. It is delegated by God,” said Dr. Bergeron. “Leading as a servant is like Jesus Christ washed the feet of his disciples and he was crucified on the cross. In addition, training their kids in wisdom implies parents teach them what is wrong or right and how God’s principles are applied in our life, as shown in the Proverbs 9:10.”
Meanwhile, researchers have described young children’s temperament by depicting several different traits. Dr. Bergeron mentioned three core temperament types: easy or flexible, difficult or feisty, slow-to-warm-up or fearful. Not all children’s temperaments fall neatly into one of the three types described. Roughly 65% of children can be categorized into one of the three temperamental types: 40% is easy or flexible, 10% is difficult or feisty, and 15% can be applicable to slow-to-warm-up or fearful.
Why is temperament important?
“It helps parents better understand their kid’s individual differences. By understanding temperament, parents can learn how to help their kid express their preferences, desires, and feeling appropriately,” said Dr. Bergeron. “Easy or flexible children are predictable and adaptable while difficult or feisty children may be irregular in feeding and sleeping habits, easily upset and intense in their reactions. Slow-to-warm-up or fearful children may be less active or withdraw. However, over time they may become more positive with repeated exposure to a new situation or person.”
Shine Atlanta Ministry held a child psychology seminar on April 22nd at SeKwang Baptist Church in Suwanee.
Parents learned how each stage of a child’s development could be a great opportunity to build a solid biblical foundation.
By understanding temperament, parents can learn how to help their kid express their preferences, desires, and feeling appropriately.