I really and truly don’t have any quick and simple tricks or tips that will make your life easier when it comes to parenting. I think I’ve read through just about every book there is about the “best” way to parent, and I have found one thing to be true. The bottom line is that parenting is a tough job.
As Christians, we rely on THE book, God’s word, for “everything pertaining to life and godliness.” (2 Peter 1:3) So, naturally, we turn to His word to see how we are to raise our children. There is a wealth of information on parenting in the Bible, from examples of what not to do (see Eli and his sons 1 Samuel 2 &3) to plain spoken instructions on what to do.
Christians are told to bring up their children in the “training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4) and to “train up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6). We are given the example in the Old Testament of the Israelites teaching their children about God and His wonderful works (Deuteronomy 6:7) and in the New Testament of young Timothy learning the scriptures from his mother and grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5).
I am to teach my children about God’s marvelous plan for each of us. I read the scriptures to them, have them memorize scriptures, and do lots of praying that God will keep them safe against the wiles of the devil and the dangers of this world.
We are not promised, and I do not expect, that parenting is going to be always pleasant or ever simple. I do know and we are told that “children are a blessing from the Lord”. I have been richly blessed, and I want to take the responsibility that comes with those blessing very seriously.
So, my advice is read (God’s word) and pray and teach your children to do the same. That can be summed up in the way we like to sing this popular little song:
Yes, that’s the book for me.
I’ll read and pray
and then obey