The home is the first place we receive our education. This is where as children we receive the basic fundamentals of life. We learn to say please and thank you. We are thought manners and respect. Parents are the most effective teachers in this stage of our education. If we live in a christian household learning to walk in the ways of the Lord is a top priority in our teachings. Along with the teaching of manners and respect, spiritual knowledge is also imparted to the child through examples and conversations. Children are innately curious, so as parents we should never avoid their questioning. We should try to answer them honestly and to the best of our knowledge, especially when it involves questions about Christian living. Their relationship with God will largely reflect the relationship they have with us as parents, so it's vitally important for us to build a proper relationship with our children. After a period of five years, children should have learned the basic fundamentals of living and thereby they move up to the next level. They go to school, they learn to read, write, add and subtract. They learn social skills and how to adapt to different environments. This still does not let parents off the hook. Our job is not done. No matter how effective our children's school may be, it's still the parent's responsibility to educate. As parents we should be familiar with our child's teacher and communicate with them often. We should also know the school's curriculum and monitor who our children's friends are at school. Of course we don't live in a perfect world, so we can experience challenges in raising our children. It does not mean that we are bad parents, it only means that you have to pray and work that much harder. We have a powerful legacy to leave to our children and sometimes unexpected circumstances get in the way, like divorce or the death of a parent or family member. These circumstances does not change the principles. It only means you have to fight to accomplish the legacy. The spiritual and moral strength of the next generation will be determined by the amount of effort you as parents put into your children now. If we are negligent in our duty, they will become as a lost tribe not knowing their heritage. However, if we are diligent they can grow and mature and make a difference in the lives of others.
SCRIPTURE - Deuteronomy 6:5-7 NIV
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Father in the name of Jesus we thank you for the children you have entrusted us with. We acknowledge that it is our responsibility as parents to make sure we raise them up in the correct way that is pleasing to you. We ask your help as we endeavor to instruct them and model the right behavior before them. Help us to have patience and understanding as we guide them through this life. Cover them always when they go to school and help us as parents to be diligent in our teachings so that they can grow and help to make a difference in this world. In Jesus name, Amen!!!