Parents were given full responsibility by our God to ensure that their children develop faith and grow spiritually. It is therefore not proper to pass that role to their school teachers and caretakers. We are the ones to introduce holiness within the family. Our responsibility is beyond provision of financial needs and proper education. We are to “bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Eph 6:4).
In doing so, not only will we please our Lord God by following His wishes, but this will provide great benefit to our children and our family. We very well know how many families are burdened these days with delinquent children. Alcoholism, drug abuse and early pregnancies are few of those family problems we see in our society. High rate of broken families also are commonly heard of, and is rapidly increasing. Such sad occurrences were what we fear for our own family to go through…and we can avoid them by ensuring that we have a strong foundation that will bind our family to keeping standing still. How else can we do that than by being obedient to His commandments written in the Holy Scripture. These will be our guide to the right way of living to steer us, and our children to the life we dream of.
Let us then be deligent in teaching our children of God’s words. When? ALL THE TIME! We need to give them quality time, the so-called “bonding time” or “family hour”. Talk to them, share with them our life experiences. How we dealt with problems, miseries, happy times…. We need to be in constant watch, be aware of their activities and companions. It’s not spying, but making sure that they are not being misled while we’re not looking.
And we need to start the teaching early on, not when they’re already formed into imperfection. It’ll be a lot harder to straighten a bended branch than guiding it with a stick as it grows. As was said, “so that when they grow old they will never depart from them” (Prov. 22:6).
In relation to this, our children need to see the best of example, and us being their heroes, we need to be the role model. We cannot expect them to do what we ourselves do not do.