The Elementary Years: Train Up a Child ...

Godly Parenting: Parenting Skills at Each Stage of Growth

Living Free Every Day

Today's Scripture
"Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6 AMP

Thoughts for Today
Although school is now an integral part in the teaching of your children, you remain their ultimate authority. Don't neglect their training during these years. God has appointed you as their parent, their authority, and you must continue to make choices and decisions that will affect their well being.

Now you may begin to allow them more freedom in some choices. Even when they make bad ones, they will gain valuable insights and a deeper understanding of consequences.

Consider this …
Spiritual teaching and training are vital. Continue regular church attendance. Take them, don't send them. Allow them to discuss what they have learned in Sunday school. Have regular family prayer time, letting them participate. Encourage them to pray before bedtime and as they begin each day. You are instilling habits that will remain with them throughout their lives.

Prayer
Father, help me to lovingly train up my children in the way they should go. And may my life be a godly example to them. In Jesus' name …


These thoughts were drawn from …

Godly Parenting: Parenting Skills at Each Stage of Growth by N. Elizabeth Holland, M.D. This study addresses parenting skills from the time of conception until the child has reached adulthood. It suggests methods for raising healthy, godly children in an increasingly secular society. Specific emphasis is placed on communication and teaching skills, discipline, protection and sexual issues at each age. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.


If you are the parent, grandparent or teacher of children about 8-11 years old, we encourage you to consider our new curriculum for children …

Insight Group: Empowering Kids for Life. Join J.C.(Jesus Cares) bulldog as he teaches children how to "live free" by setting appropriate boundaries. Using the eight objectives from 2 Peter 1:3-11, the Empowering Kids for Life workbook and facilitator's guide will give children the tools they need to build their own "tower of power" to avoid life-controlling problems.


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