How to raise a superstar in five easy lessons

Many of you may know of the Christian recording artist Francesca Battistelli, a Grammy nominee and winner of several major music awards. Francesca’s mom, Kate, was kind enough to share with Warm Pop and Cold Pizza some insights from her parenting experience on developing the God-given talent of our young ones. Here is Kate’s thoughts below.

— Chris Pugh

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 KJV)

I hope you know my title, “How to Raise a Superstar in 5 Easy Lessons,” is facetious. Growing a child to achieve greatness and purpose, to determine God’s destiny and will, takes years of dedication, determination and discipline.

Your child’s success or failure, to a large degree, depends on you. How you value their dreams, the work ethic you instill, the moral code you live by, all directly affect their success and the impact they have on the world.

Parents have the divine gift and precious responsibility of mining and nurturing every bit of potential we recognize in our children. Who else but you sees the budding Picasso in the finger paint or the mini Einstein in the science fair volcano? You more than anyone have the unique ability to recognize and nurture the gifts you see in your child.

When Francesca was a little girl, we knew she had a flair for the dramatic and loved the performing arts. So, into ballet she went and then show choir, community theatre and later professional theatre, singing and acting lessons, guitar lessons, camps, conferences and college. All with an eye toward her future and a sense that God had a plan for her in the world of performing arts.

Did we know when she was four years old and starting ballet that she would grow up to be a Grammy nominated Contemporary Christian singer with five Dove awards, five top ten radio hits (two of them number ones), song placements in 6 different TV shows and a major motion picture? No. But my husband and I knew God had something special for her, just as he has something special for your child! We diligently sought Him for wisdom and clarity for her call, He narrowed the field, opened some doors and closed others. Step by step, He made her path clear.

Our part was recognizing “the way she should go” and her part was being diligent in her work, honoring her commitments, practicing and perfecting her skills and always giving her best and pursuing excellence. We learned along the way that it’s never okay to settle for good enough. We strove to instill purpose, a sense of destiny and a passion for excellence and give her the desire to honor God by becoming the absolute best she could be.

We learned how powerful parent’s words are and we learned to speak purpose and destiny into her life. We weren’t afraid to dream big dreams. We provided the best tools we could afford and were always available to talk and maintained open communications. We modeled humility and purity in heart and mind and above all, prayed. A lot!

Kate Battistelli is a wife, mother, grandmother, food and faith blogger, former Broadway actress and Mom to one of Christian music’s most celebrated new recording artists, singer-songwriter Francesca Battistelli. She is currently writing her first book, entitled Growing Great Kids, about her and husband Mike’s journey raising Francesca and the fifteen lessons God taught them on their journey. You can find her blog at

(EDITOR’S NOTE—Photo: Kate Battistelli)


Posted on May 9, 2011, in Pop Culture, Sports, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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