Train up a child?

12 May

Proverbs 22:6

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

Deuteronomy 6: 6-9

These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 “You shall teach them diligently to your sons 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 up. 8 “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. 9 “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

There are many promises built into the word of God.  We seem to want to promises, but many of us do not take the necessary actions that produces the result of His promises.  In my effort to raise children who will love and serve The Lord, my husband and I have realized that we have to be instrumental in shaping their “world view” – the lens they will use to process information.

How is this done?

First of all, we have to talk the talk.  This means that we make time for our children – without any media (yes that means the tv).  It does not have to always mean sitting down at the table for a formal meeting.  In my house one some nights it may look like sitting on the floor and sofa with one child reading a book.  I generally try to choose books that have some type of moral lesson that we can briefly discuss.  On another night if it is nice we all go for a walk – this gives us a chance to catch up with our neighbors,  chat, and give the dog (and ourselves) a little exercise.  The bottom line is, TV, games, and inter net use are family time wasters and should have limited usage. 

Mom’s, because the word says we are to be keepers of our home – we need to guard what is allowed to come into and out of our gates.  This means that many items just won’t make it into the house.  I believe a reasonable effort should be made to replace these things with more appropriate items.  My 7yo loves Disney channel, however the list of shows that is is allowed to watch continues to decline.  After Hannah Montana’s cell-phone pictures hit the web that was enough for me to remove her from the list… plus my conviction that the show was much too much for her age limit was growing so I knew it was time. 

It is late and I am sleepy… more later. Gnight.

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