A friend and I were talking and she told me, “I hate when people say Kids don’t come with an instruction manual.” She went on to explain that as a Christian we should never say this statement because we have the Bible. I must humbly admit as a Christian that I have thought and said that exact statement to parents. After speaking with my friend, I got to thinking about just exactly what does the Bible say about parenting. I did some intentional study of God’s Word, and what I discovered is that the Bible has a whole lot to say about parenting! Although the Bible does not outline what to do in every situation a parent may face, God does give parents a framework of guiding principles.
Teach Your Children Moral and Ethical Principles about Life — Be sure you are equipping your children with a moral and ethical code when you send them off into the world!
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Encourage Your Children — Don’t be the parent who is too hard to satisfied!
Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
Discipline Your Children — Don’t be afraid to set up rules and limits; it is in their best interest!
A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction will drive it far from him.
Correct your son, and he will give you rest; yes, he will give delight to your soul.
He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive…”
1 Timothy 3:4
Teach Your Children about the Bible and to Love God — Prioritize developing your child’s spiritual growth!
We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.
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. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
…and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:15-17