Parents,

I hope you’ve had a chance to watch the video dealing with the subject of whether or not you should allow your child to quit an activity or walk away from a project. If not, please go back and take the time to do so soon.
We’ve all experienced times when we wanted to throw in the towel and quit something. If you don’t agree, take a minute to think about all the unfinished projects in your closet or your workshop.

Getting involved in a sport, club, or project only to discover you don’t like it or aren’t any good at it happens. The question we have to ask ourselves is when is it okay to let your kids give up and quit when this happens to them. Even Jesus walked away from situations when he knew his presence would cause more harm than good. He also instructed his disciples to leave and shake the dust off their feet in places they were not welcome. So keeping that in mind, let’s take a look at a couple of scriptures to help you help your child.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. ~2nd Timothy 4:7
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. ~2nd Corinthians 4:8-10

The first step in helping your kids decide when it’s okay to quit is to discuss the answer to the following question with them: How will quitting affect my life? The answer to this question will usually provide the answer to the question of “to quit…or not to quit”.
The following questions should also be asked and discussed by you and your child when making this decision.

QUESTIONS:
How will my quitting impact other people?
What will I miss out on if I quit?
Will I have the chance to try again if I choose to in the future?
Is there something I could do to change the situation without quitting?
Would this change make the situation better?
Not only will these questions help your child make good decisions, but they provide a great way to open the door to meaningful conversation between the two of you.

Partnering with you,

Kim Constantino