Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Train Your Child In The Way He Should Go...

...And when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6)

Bringing up children is no child's play. It is not for the faint-hearted, the weak-willed or the unstable. Bringing up children requires a lot of time, energy and attention. Unfortunately, with the world in constant economic crisis, many parents do not have enough time or energy to devote to their children. In some cases, parents are too scared to stand up to their children or call them out on any ill behaviour, because they are worried they might lose popularity with their children. Such children are given a free pass to do whatever pleases them and later parents start to play the blame game on one another.

As parents, it is important to train your children with firm but loving hands. I was having a chat with a friend about the various difficulties she had encountered before she finally reached her point of success. She confided in me that there were so many times she was tempted to turn to prostitution just so she could make ends meet, but each time, she could hear her parents' voice in her head and all the values they instilled in her. She said even when she wanted to ignore her conscience, she could not ignore the lessons her parents taught her as a child.

Parents need to stop adopting a nonchalant approach towards their children. Praying is not enough to bring up a child, you need to be hands-on too. You need to teach your children about the word of God. I know there's hardly enough hours in a day but you can make it happen. Growing up, my father used to tell me which bible chapters to read during the day so we could discuss them over the dinner table. I didn't dare ignore his instructions because he is a string believer in "spare the rod and spoil the child". It is important first to teach your child about God and everything else will follow. When a child knows the place of God in his or her life, that child will have the right friends, make the right decisions and above all have the right kind of confidence. They say charity begins at home. If you don't teach your children the right lessons at home, the storms of life will cause them to absorb the wrong lessons from the world

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