Our children are the most precious 

part of our heritage.

Children inherit their parents' DNA and are, 

in some ways, a reproduction of the parents;

 nonetheless, they are distinct from the mother

 and father. 

Who do we consider as role models 

for our children?

A parent is their child’s first

 teacher and should remain their 

best teacher throughout life. 

Parents are the most powerful role 

models for children.

As parents, we should constantly strive to

 improve ourselves.As observers, it not only

 sets an example for our children's lives, but it

 also allows us to grow ourselves.

We need to try new things and extend our horizons.

 This tells our children that they should never stop 

growing as people. In this life, there is always 

something new to learn.

As parents and humans, we must keep in mind

 that we are being watched. It's similar to being on 

stage 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For our neighbor who is having a difficult

 time as a parent, we are their role model.  We 

are role models for the expectant woman and 

our child's friend. Even future generations look

 up to us.

Our acts today may teach other parents and 

children how to act, how to be compassionate, 

and how to be kind.

People are looking at us

 and learning from us!

We must take our duty as good parents very

 seriously. We must embrace the possibility that 

we may be the only positive role model that our 

children and other children might ever see.

We should show our children how we interact with

 others and conduct ourselves. They can understand

 how important it is to maintain self-control at all 


It is critical for us to be good listeners as parents. 

The finest leaders listen intently and speak much 

less. As we open our minds and ears to what our 

children are saying, they will learn to do the same.

Our children reflect what we model for them. The

 most crucial component of becoming a role model

 for your children is to always walk the talk.

Actions speak louder than words.

"Well done is better than well said." 

Benjamin Franklin

If parents want their children to stay on the 

straight and narrow, they must be good stable 

role models themselves.

We have been given the 

gift of children. 

God has placed upon us the great 

opportunity and duty of teaching 

our children to know, love, and 

follow God.

According to the scriptures, what we do today 

has a direct impact on the multigenerational 

cycle of family traits, beliefs, and actions - for 

better or worse. 

Psalm 78:5-8, Exodus 20:5-6

Passing on a strong faith to our children begins

 with us having a strong faith, modeling the 

gospel in our relationships and our interactions

 with those closest to us.

Some of us need to break negative cycles that 

may have begun with our own upbringing in order 

to leave a better legacy for the next generation.

God has provided us with 

His Word.

Basic traditional roles of being a parent are:

To nurture and educate children, discipline 

them, manage the home, and financially

support the family.

Parents show their children love, acceptance, 

appreciation, encouragement, and direction. They 

provide the most intimate setting for children's 

nurturing and protection as they develop their 

personalities and identities, as well as as they 

mature physically, intellectually, emotionally, 

and socially.

Parents set boundaries, enforce rules, enforce 

discipline, set limits, establish and enforce 

consequences, hold children accountable for their

 actions, and instill morals in them.

We provide our children the direction they need 

so they can develop, grow, and mature.

May we nurture our children through the creative

teachings of God's Word.

We must not wait to begin teaching our children 

about God. We should teach them when they are very 

young that God loves them, that God created them, 

and that God has a plan for their lives.

May we begin teaching our children to love God

from the very moment of their birth.

God's Word serves as both

an Instruction Manual and 

Road Map for lives.

God's Word guides us through the pitfalls and

plateaus, the peaks and valleys, the highs and 

lows, and the ebb and flow of raising children.

What we build on the inside of 

our children is far more

significant than what we can 

adorn them with on the outside.

Children tend to adopt their parents' values.

According to Proverbs 22:6, when children 

learn right from wrong at home under the 

nurturing, loving upbringing of their parents, 

they tend to imitate their parents' beliefs. While 

there are no certainties, because every child has 

free will, children who love their parents' 

company are significantly more likely to adopt

 their parents' faith!

This is why the Bible urges parents not to

"provoke your children to anger," but rather to

 "raise them in the instruction and discipline of God."

Ephesians 6:4

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Children are highly intelligent beings and are very 

valuable to God. Because of the genuine humility and 

innocence of children, Jesus used the little children 

as an example to teach us about faith, greatness,

 humility, and God's love. He encouraged us to

 welcome children as if we were welcoming Him.

Children are a gift from God.


God gives children not as a punishment nor as a burden, 

but as a blessing.

God has entrusted us with the precious job of teaching 

our children. It is our obligation as parents to instill

Biblical principles in our children's belief systems.

We have been entrusted with precious souls. 

God has given us the incredible opportunity

 and responsibility of creating a strong Spiritual 

foundation in the lives of our children. 

Our children require our love and guidance. 

Their lives are shaped by our characteristics, 

personalities, viewpoints, and attitudes. 

As adults, it is our obligation to guide children 

in the right direction.

Our children require a relationship with God. 

They must understand the truth of God's Word. 

They must have a personal relationship with God 

and be equipped and aligned to follow and serve 

God for the rest of their lives.

When God is present in our lives, our children

 appear to gravitate in the same direction.

Every believing parent wishes for their child 

to embrace the faith and develop strong spiritual

 roots. According to studies, more than half of 

those raised in God-centered homes will abandon

 Faith by the time they reach their adolescence. 

One factor is that parents frequently "outsource" 

their children's spiritual training to the church.

While a strong church is essential, God intended

 the family to be the primary place where faith is


May we assist our children in distinguishing between

knowing about Jesus and genuinely following Jesus.

May we instill wisdom and discipline in our children 

so that they grow into God-fearing men and women,

 after God's heart.

Parents must set a good example for their children. 

One of the most crucial components of parenting 

is spiritual training. When parents seek God's 

guidance, God will direct our efforts to teach our

 children. This is not a responsibility to be taken 

lightly. It will require conscious work and 

constant focus.

Our children are growing up in a 

culture that frequently exposes

 them to misinformation. 

An hour or two a week at church is insignificant 

in comparison to the hundreds of hours spent with

 media, school, and friends. It cannot compete 

with the fallen nature of people, which frequently

 desires to rebel against what is good, true, and 


It is the responsibility of parents to provide their 

children with corrected "lenses" of truth so that 

they can better navigate the deceitful highways

 of life.

Rather than delegating this obligation to the church 

or others, it is critical for parents to teach their


We must not allow our children's values to be

 established by school, community, television, 

or even church organizations. Others may assist,

 but parents will answer to God... they must 

remain accountable to God!

Children learn by watching and mimicking the

 behaviors of parents and guardians making it

 easier for alienating parents to corrupt the views

 and beliefs of a child. Children develop into 

adults through a combination of their own inherent

 nature (DNA) and nurture (parenting), but when

 they are consistently bombarded by negative 

feelings of hatred it an extremely difficult and 

lengthy process to reverse the effects.

If we adults don’t give them the tools, they will

 not connect with these people who don’t look like

 them, don’t sound like them, and don’t think like

 them. This failure to connect with someone who is

 not like us, who is, in our minds, “other” than us, is

 often dealt with in fairy tales and science fiction, 

where the solutions can be graphic and cruel and the

lessons learned painful.

Our children can only learn what we teach 

them in a manner that is understandable to them.

 In other words, we must customize our approach

 to each individual's personality, learning style, 

and stage of development. Children are generally 

classified into three stages, which should guide 

the ways we can use for discussing our faith and 

beliefs at home.

  • Small children are all ears. They'll believe it 

because mom or dad said it. Young children 

absorb what we tell them, so this is an excellent

 time to teach them fundamental Scriptures.

  • About age eight to early teens, children no longer

 take what we say at face value. They have 

progressed beyond blind acceptance and are 

ready for deeper insight. 

They may question or even argue with us. Children

 need to know what we believe during this season. 

They also require assistance in comprehending

 the reasoning behind those beliefs. 

Seize the opportunity! Take time for spiritual 

talks and to instill faith and spiritual practices 

into the fabric of our family. 

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

  • From early adolescence until young adulthood,

we can inspire, encourage, question, and educate. 

We have no way to force feed them. We can assist

 them in clearly articulating their beliefs, challenging

 their thinking, and reminding them of the "basics" 

learned throughout their  impressionable years. 

We teach our children in two

 general ways... 

through our example and 

through our words. 

It is the responsibility of parents to teach their 

children through example and instruction. Our 

examples help to make our words more 


We must be diligent and consistent in our 

efforts to teach others through our actions 

and words.

Children learn trust, sacrifice, service, 

patience, dedication, forgiveness, 

unselfishness, determination, generosity, 

prayer, and love from our examples.

In all of our endeavors to teach, we should

 seek Divine inspiration. Allow God to disclose

 things from His heart to ours. Let us listen to 

the Holy Spirit's voice for insights and teach 

our children according to the Holy Spirit's 

promptings. Trust, the Holy Spirit will deliver 

the word to minds and hearts.

Parenting is a never-ending journey. Our influence

 as parents and spiritual shapers is enormous.

If we have children, whether they are 

infants or adults, 

we are parents for life! 

If we abandon that obligation, our children

 could become a burden to both us and society.

We must prepare ourselves and act intentionally if we 

want to properly raise our children to be upright, just 

as we plan, think, and act when attempting to achieve

goals in other areas of life.

Let us endeavor to create well-rounded, productive

 children who reverently worship God, follow God's

 commandments, and can function as productive, 

upright citizens in our community.

If we regard children as a gift from God, we will

 devote our complete attention to their education 

and guidance.

Parents should make every effort

to point their children to God.

One of the first things we need to do in helping our 

children build a relationship with God is to begin talking 

about God when they first begin to comprehend. 

As they mature, we can turn to Proverbs. The entire 

Book of Proverbs explains God’s instructions

 on how to live!

As parents... we should make it a point to embrace

the opportunity to echo to our children God's precious

 and valuable Word. This should be a natural part of our 

conversation... born from our deep and abiding

relationship with God.

Jesus called a little child to Him, and 

placed the child among them, and He said: 

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become

 like little children, you will never enter the 

kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes 

the lowly position of this child is the greatest 

in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever

 welcomes one such child in My Name 

welcomes Me.

  — Matthew 18:1-5


Children are not ours;

they are a sacred trust gifted to parents by God. 

We are the caretakers of our children as parents.

God has committed children to us for the 

training and molding of their hearts, brains, 

and personalities.

Are we assisting our children 

in coming to know God?

Are we assisting our children in developing 

and maintaining a lasting and close relationship

 with God?

What a wonderful and pivotal opportunity 

parents have been afforded!

A loving and positive relationship with both 

of his or her parents is something that every 

child is entitled to. Parents who are divorced or 

otherwise estranged from one another are 

expected to foster and support their child's 

relationship with the other parent. Parents who 

alienate their child are frequently so overcome 

with their own emotions that they fail to realize 

that they are also alienating their ex-partner.

A parent runs the risk of emotionally and 

psychologically harming their child if they teach

 and promote hatred of the other parent and their

 new spouse or partner. Unfortunately, a child can

 experience long-lasting and significant negative 

effects from constant exposure to and encouragement 

of hatred and animosity.

On Children

by Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s 

longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you yet they belong 

not to you. You may give them your love but 

not your thoughts.For they have their own


You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,

which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, 

but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with 

yesterday.You are the bows from which your 

children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the 

infinite, and He bends you with His might that 

His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer's hand be for

 gladness; For even as He loves the arrow 

that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

There are both privileges and responsibilities

resulting from this gift.

Positive instruction, example, and discipline 

are the three components of child development.

It is our responsibility as parents to nurture kind, 

healthy, well adjusted children. To instill godliness

in our children.

Proverbs 23:13-14 tells us to 

"Withhold not correction from the child."

He who withholds his rod hates his son,

But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.

Proverbs 13:24


The expression "spare the rod, spoil the child" 

is derived from Proverbs 13:24, which states, 

"He who spares the rod hates his son, but he

 who loves him is careful to discipline him."

God uses discipline to reveal our sin. The 

expression suggests that failing to exercise 

authority over a children is detrimental to the

 child's growth.

Correction/guidance rods have long been 

employed as symbols of authority. It is 

beneficial for parents to establish rules, 

boundaries, and consequences for their 


The phrase "spare the rod of correction; spoil 

the child" refers to the negative consequences

 of withholding discipline.

However, according to the book of Proverbs,

 there are major benefits to correctly applying

 the rod of correction/guidance to the source of 

the problem.

Proverbs 3:12 says,

“Whom the Lord loves He reproves, even 

as a father, but what does this really mean?

Withhold not correction from the child.

When there is consistency and stability in daily

 routines, and especially when there is a loving

 atmosphere, children feel safe. 

Parents must maintain 

their resolve.

Having the insight and ability to steer children 

through childhood and adolescence is not 

easy. It is a significant test for parents, but

children need it.

They must understand the importance of 

boundaries and the consequences of

 inappropriate behavior.

Parents who do not discipline or set rules for 

their children are more likely to have children 

that are ill-mannered, temperamental, selfish, 

self centered, impolite, defiant, and spoiled.

Parents must not withhold discipline from their 

children; if they are chastised with the rod, they

 will not die.

Save their lives by disciplining them with

 the rod.

23:13-14 Proverbs

 "This language was designed to motivate

 overly permissive parents,who are afraid of 

damaging young children with any kind

 of discipline, or of making rules and 

enforcing them.

There is no call here for abuse.

Loving discipline does not destroy rebellious

 children; it does them a big favor."

 The rod and reproof gives wisdom:

but a child left to himself brings his 

mother to shame.

Proverbs 29:15

Jesus was kind to children. 

He is the sheep's Shepherd. 

The Shepherd guides the sheep with

 His rod, not to beat them!

We should pray for God to convict and 

safeguard our children in order to keep their

 hearts and minds on the right track.  He is the

 GREAT Shepherd, and He will operate far 

more effectively in their lives than we can. If

 He chooses to keep them in the fold through 

some circumstance or event in their lives, so be 

it! He is far more powerful than human parents.

The Hebrew word shabat is translated as 

"Rod" in Proverbs.

Shabat was the name given to the rod used by 

shepherds to direct, control, guard, and tend their

 sheep. The rod was used to gently poke and

 press the animals into line, as well as to keep 

them out of potentially harmful situations.

To get a sheep's attention or to warn it not to do 

something, the shepherd would gently poke the

 rod at it.

Shepherds would use rods in this manner as a 

discipline tool. They didn't carry it to hurt the 

sheep; they merely wanted to startle them into


The shepherd would throw the rod at a predator

 to scare it away from the flock, or he would use

 it to club aggressive animals like snakes.

They would hurl the rod at dangerous species, 

aiming to injure or kill them rather than simply 

alert them.

The shepherd rarely used the rod to “beat” a lamb;

instead, he firmly struck their hindquarters

to get them to go in the right direction. The sheep 

came to fear the rod without fearing the shepherd.

If a lamb wandered off beyond his reach, the 

shepherd tossed the stick in front of the lamb,

and it would send the lamb scurrying back into 

the flock.

Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;

The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.

Proverbs 22:15

Much of the time, our children are oblivious,

like sheep.They are easily misled, prone to 

wandering into danger, and in serious need 

of care and guidance. If we do not shape our

 children, they will be influenced by external

 forces who do not care what shape our

children are in.

When parents are estranged from God, the 

consequences in their children's lives are, 

of course, disastrous.

To stay on track, children must 

be poked from time to time.

We must protect our children and warn them about

 what is and isn't safe to do before they venture out

 on their own.

Discipline, in its most basic form, is teaching

 a child self-control, recognizing what are 

appropriate limits, and knowing where to


Children will challenge the boundaries we 

establish for them, frequently misbehaving on

 purpose to see how we react. They will also act 

obediently and then seek our approval and


We should teach children to be 

responsible and respectable 

from a young age and expect 

disciplinary repercussions for


Those who love well will be able to discipline 


When children know better, 

they will do better!

A child does not need to be put

 down to learn these things.


Discipline is not meant to break

 people down, but rather to aid

in their development.

Discipline is an important component of 

overall child development. Discipline must

 be applied consistently and firmly in each

child's life.

Parents, on the other hand, cannot work 

half-heartedly or think that problems such 

as disrespect, rude behavior, noncompliance, 

greed, insensitivity to others, dishonesty,

 rage, temper tantrums, and abuse toward a

parent would simply disappear... they 

will not!

Discipline is necessary.

A shepherd uses a rod to keep his flock in order. 

Similarly, God may have to employ unpleasant

 tactics to teach us valuable lessons; otherwise, 

we would not advance or evolve in our faith.

This should be very encouraging to us because

 it shows that God cares enough to watch over

 us and guide us in the right direction.

It's the same as a parent punishing a child not

 out of some sadistic urge, but because he or she

 loves the child and wants the best for them.

God instructs parents to use a “rod” for an

 important reason.

The rod of guidance is a neutral object. 

To punish our children, a switch or a little 

stick is preferable to our hand.

We should only use our hand to 

caress and soothe our child; we

 don't want our children to be 

afraid of our hand as they

 grow up.

It’s tempting for parents to spontaneously 

slap their misbehaving child on the leg,

but that’s a bad habit to form in the 

first place.

It is never acceptable for a parent 

to hit their children with their 

fists or hands; this is child abuse!

Abuse is never acceptable,

even if a child was being out

 of order. 

Parental love disciplines

 and corrects, but it 

never abuses.

A good role model is someone 

who can turn hindsight and insight

 into foresight.

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