In Proverbs 22:6, we are told as that we should “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
A lot of Christian families are struggling in a world hostile to Christian values, and increasingly find themselves searching for answers and strategies to be more effective. Parents also face a disturbing trend of young people leaving home and leaving the Church and want to insure their children have a strong foundation of biblical faith and understanding. Now, the question is, how should we train up our children?
Attend Church as a Family Regularly
Make it a priority to find a good church in your area, particularly one with a strong children’s program and a congregation full of young families. You want going to church to be a positive, spiritually fueling experience for all of you. Don’t just attend church, get involved with what your church of choice has to offer like Sunday school classes, Bible studies, Women’s groups, and more.
Watch DVD’s or Listen to Music CD’s
Sometimes a great way to reinforce God’s message is through a cute movie that captures the attention of children. Music is also a wonderful resource. There are music CD’s out there that teach scriptures as part of the song lyrics.
Read a Children’s Bible Every Day
You can find a reading plan and sit with your child each day for a few minutes to read, or you can incorporate your Bible reading with a daily devotional.
Read Daily Devotional’s Together
There are a lot of great devotionals out there for kids of all ages. Find the one that best suits your family
Live a Lifestyle of Faith
Try to make a conscious effort to set a godly example in your daily living. Some days are better than others. We aren’t perfect. That’s the beauty of teaching through example. Our children get to see God loves us despite our human imperfections. Strive to set a good example in your own faith and lifestyle. Children are always watching their parents.
Finally, pray together at meals and at bedtime. Look for opportunities throughout the day to talk about God or teach about his beliefs. Make sure your children hear you praying, hear you talking about your faith, and hear you tell them they can come to you with any questions they might have.