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Six Things Parents Should Teach Their Children

myFriendDebbie.com - Teaching Children Godly Values     What is “taught” and what is “caught” in the home helps shape children as they grow into adults.

     These points were passed on by Pastor Brad Shedd, from Harvest Assembly in Chesapeake, VA.

 Read |Ephesians 6:1-4

     No human parent is perfect. But with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Scripture, and godly mentors, a parent can intentionally lead their children in these areas:

   • Spirituality. Help your children to trust in Jesus Christ as early as possible, and they'll grow with the understanding that He is to be at the center of everything they do.

   • Morality. In homes where honesty, purity, and loyalty are lived out, boys and girls learn to value integrity and listen to their conscience.

   • Relationships. Teaching about love, respect, and mutual encouragement is good preparation for friendships and marriage.

   • Vocation. Model cooperation and doing work "heartily, as to the Lord and not to men" Col. 3:23 (NKJV), and your children will form a healthy work ethic.

   • Finances. Teach your kids the right way to handle money: to earn honestly, give generously, invest intelligently, save prudently, and enjoy heartily, 1 Tim. 6:17.

   • Authority. Unless children learn how to function properly under authority--of parents, school, church, and government--rebelliousness can easily develop.

     Our sons and daughters notice when there's a disconnect between our conduct and words, so setting a good example is essential.

     The way to build guiding principles into a child's life is by precept (teaching) and practice (modeling). If you as a parent plant these healthy concepts in your children's hearts, what a joy it will be to see them equipped and motivated to fulfill God's purpose for their life.

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