Proverbs 22:6 is probably one of the most well known passages on the issue of child-rearing in the Bible: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” King Solomon’s wise parenting advice affirms that for our children to grow up to become virtuous and upright individuals, parents need to guide their children in the right path and teach them the right lessons and virtues as early as possible.
Parents have been given the wonderful gift and great privilege of helping mold the lives of our children however, we are only given a fairly limited amount of time. So how can we effectively teach and train our kids in the “way they should go?” Let me share my thoughts:
1. Discover and appreciate the uniqueness of your child.
2. Live a life worthy of emulation.
3. Consider what Jesus would do when you encounter a parenting dilemma.
4. Pray for wisdom and guidance–for both you and your kids.
5. Inspire, don’t coerce.
Read the beautiful post that inspired this entry: “Train Up A Child.” I try to take King Solomon’s wise parenting advice to heart, but it may not be for everybody. That’s okay! Do what works for you!