In my former post a wonderful commenter mentioned Proverbs 22:6:
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
I loved it so much that I was inspired to do tonight’s study on child-rearing in accordance with the Bible. Needless to say, Proverbs 22:6 is probably my favorite verse. It’s concise and applies in every situation when it comes to raisin’ babies.
I’m aware that I’m not going to be around to look over baby’s shoulder every minute of every day all of her life. Eventually she’s going to have to go out in the world and make her own choices.
All I can do as a mother is try to put the fear and love of God in her. And let the Almighty lead and guide her when I’m not able. I want to raise my Dumpling in a manner that makes God a big part of her life- as He is a part of mine. Fortunately, the Bible has some pretty good points on how best to make that happen.
Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)
So this verse I like because I’m a firm believer that the best way to lead and teach is by example. I can preach and lecture my baby girl six ways from Sunday and she might take my words to heart, but most likely she’ll learn by watching what I do. In order to bring her up in the training and instruction of the Lord, I have to get myself in order. To make good Christian living so commonplace in our home, that she picks it up as habit.
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away. (Proverbs 22:15)
Saw this one coming, huh? Open communication between a mother and child is important but I also believe nothing says, “do right,” quite like, “go get me a switch.”
I’ll be sticking to the two P’s of Parenting: Prayer & Punishment 😉