Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
We will have a great impact on our children’s lives when we teach them how to form good habits. Remember they will learn best while they are still young. It’s also easier to direct their steps (influence them) when they are of a younger age. No wonder the world wants to get a hold of them as young as possible…
Let’s think about what kind of habits we would like them to learn and keep, e.g.
- reading and memorizing Scripture
- singing and making music
- copying (Bible verses, quotes, songs)
- keeping a journal
These are just a few. I’m sure you can come up with more habits you would like your child/ren to form. Beware of (others) opinions, though. Use what God says in His Word as a guideline.
Talking about God’s Word … Aren’t these six verses telling us clearly that parents need to diligently teach their own children about God — in every possible situation and every hour of the day:
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, 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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)