PROPER PARENTING

TEXT: Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.


MESSAGE:


Psychologists have found out that we develop most of our personality mainly before we are 8 years old. Things learnt as a child shape our lives. That is the time you should teach your child morals, holiness, manner of dressing and manner of speech etc. Sometimes I wonder how these Muslim ladies feel so comfortable in their hijab even in a hot day. It is training! Do you notice that their parents start dressing up their children that way from a very tender age? On the other hands, christian parents dress their children in the most provocative manner–short skirts, tight trousers, spaghetti tops, etc, and expect to make them dress up decently when they become teenagers or adult.

Some parents will answer that they have done their best but the child would not learn. It is because you are not adopting 

the right way of teaching your child. A child whom you tell to behave in a way different from how you behave will only see you as unjust and unworthy of obedience or respect. Children learn by roleplaying. Do you remember what we used to do when we were younger? How girls mimick their mothers by cooking, backing dols etc. God equipped them with that role playing instinct as their major learning material. Parents are to train up their children by living a godly life before their children. You are to be your child’s role model . Unfortunately this generation has unwittingly ignored it and we wonder why our children are now untrained. 

Parents have left this responsibility for music starts, television programs, nannies and most especially for school teachers. These days parents spend 3hours or less out of 24 hours with their children. No wonder your child respects and obeys his school teacher who only thought him for a session more than he does you! This must change!

Have you ever tried bending a smoked or dried fish? It breaks doesn’t it? When it was fresh you could easily bend it wherever you wanted but not when it is dried. If you want to be happy your child grew to become your pride, start now. Train up your child the way he should grow. He will not depart from it when he is old.

FURTHER STUDIES


Psalm 127: 3-5

PRAYERS


Thank you Father for our children

Father give me wisdom to be able to train my child that way I ought.

Father sensitize every family in your church to be wake up to the ministry of training up our children in the godly way

We rebuke every demonic attack on the next generation in Jesus Name

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