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Ch. 2 – Your Child’s Development: Shaping Influences – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis)

Shepherding A Child's HeartIn our continued synopsis of Tedd Tripp’s book “Shepherding A Child’s Heart,” we are now up to Chapter 2 – “Your Child’s Development: Shaping Influences.”

This chapter deals with the shaping influences in a child’s life.  Mr. Tripp defines shaping influences as,

“those events and circumstances in a child’s developmental years that prove to be catalysts for making him the person he is.”

Mr. Tripp explains that the person our child becomes is ultimately the product of two things:

1. His Life Experiences; and

2. How the child interacts with those experiences

Our children’s interactions with their shaping influences is dealt with in Chapter 3 of the book, and we will deal with that in the next installment.  Mr. Tripp identifies six shaping influences in our children’s lives.  He points out that most of these are “both within and outside parental control:”

1. Structure of Family Life

How is the family set up?  Is it traditional?  How many parents in the home?  How many generations?  How many kids in the family?  What is their birth order?  All of these impact our view of life when we get older.

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