The Psalmist reminds us that “Children are an heritage from the Lord . . .” (Ps 127:3). God blesses us with children and give us the responsibility to raise them up to be His good stewards (cf. Eph 6:4). Here are some ideas on what we can give our children to help them on their way:
- A Kind Heart: Teach them that kindness is appropriate at school, home, church,
on ballfields, in all of life.
- Praise: We must let our children know we are proud of them – often. But be genuine in praise. Children know when we really mean what we say.
- Open Communication: NO topic that concerns their life should be off limits. Be open to discuss the temptations they face — all of them. If they know your unconditional love they will bring up what fears and struggles they have — be ready!
- Less restrictions as they mature: In other words, give them room to grow. All them more flexibility and the corresponding responsibility. A very wise adult in my life used to talk about rights and responsibilities. We have the right to a good education, but the responsibility to study and to apply what we learn. We have the right to drive a car, but the responsibility to do so safely.
- Example: Be their moral compass. Learn to be like the apostle Paul who could say (and did say) – imitate me as I follow Christ.
- A LARGE Quantity of time: The cry of decades past was, “quality time.” But many are saying now that quantity time will produce quality time. Not every moment with your child has to be perfect, just make certain there are plenty of moments. Children really do grow up too fast.
- A Godly home: Consider what God instructed His people in Deuteronomy 6:1-9. Focus on verse 7, “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Teach and live the way of God before them.
What would you add?