Monday, March 17, 2014

I Am Who I Am Supposed to Be

Dr. Kathy Koch, president and founder of Celebrate Kids, Inc., was the Morning Main Session speaker at the Hearts at Home 2014 National Conference, a conference devoted to encouraging, equipping, and educating moms to strengthen families using Christian values, this past weekend in Normal, IL.  At least six feet tall with a baritone voice, she had a commanding presence.

In her lecture, she discussed playing to the strengths of one's child.  In conveying her message, Dr. Koch told an anecdote from her own childhood.  The tallest in her elementary class, as a child Dr. Koch discussed with her mother her yearning to be short.  Instead of her mother replying with a, "Too bad!  You're going to be tall," remark.  Her mother and father brainstormed and devised a plan.  By the end of the week, Dr. Koch was enrolled in tap lessons where the tallest dancer is placed front and center on stage.

Rubbing the goosebumps on my arm due to the message, Dr. Koch continued by asking the audience, "What is the purpose of your child's story?"  For every event a child encounters becomes the backstory to the story he/she is becoming.  Children are created to leave the world a better place Dr. Koch stated, so it us up to us as parents to relay a child's strengths to said child.  Thus, each child is unique for a reason.

Dr. Koch concluded with the ideal we are to delight in paying attention to what God does for us and our children and with the the verse, ". . . for the Mighty One has done great things for me- holy is his name."  Luke 1:49

By Courtney Winkler

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