Toddlers and worldview are not concepts that appear to be compatible at first glance. The image of a 3–year-old sitting down at a computer to type a paper on worldview evokes humor, not reality. However, a toddler does have a worldview. It may be limited, but it is a worldview nonetheless. This worldview is expressed in statements like – I’m thirsty, he took my toy, I want a cookie, I’m tired, I’m hungry, I don’t want to. Do you see a pattern here? A toddler’s worldview tends to begin and end with him. This is not surprising given that we all start life gratifying the cravings of our flesh (Eph. 2:3). Left unchecked this limited, self-centered worldview will produce a teenager whose life is still centered upon himself.
This is why God calls parents in Deuteronomy 6 to teach
their children that God is to dominate their worldview.
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Following God’s commands is the opposite of self-gratification. Even something as seemingly insignificant as fussing over a cookie is evidence of a worldview. God says that we are to serve others first. Your child’s natural response, based upon his worldview, is that he is to be served first. It doesn’t take a child psychologist to see that conflict will occur when these two worldviews collide.
There is urgency to these verses in Deuteronomy 6. Parents, you don’t want to leave this natural worldview of self-gratification unchallenged. That is why you must talk about God to your children in every possible circumstance.
This is a challenge! Please take a moment and make some comments or ask some questions that we can address in this blog. Let me know where your struggles are in confronting the natural worldview that comes as standard equipment with your children.