Family and Relationships
Parenting Our Children's Hearts
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
May 4, 2016
Jesus The Only

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As parents, we have an unbelievable opportunity to focus on parenting our children's hearts and inward beliefs.

Some new parents will seek to repeat their experiences from childhood, assuming, "That is the way to do it." Others vow not to repeat their experiences as children, faulting their parents for their unhappy childhood. Still others will base their parenting style on the expectations of other parents in their social circles.

"To pass on spiritual and moral values requires time, lifestyle modeling, and unconditional love with no favoritism."

Are any of these approaches to parenting reflective of your personal faith in God? This brings us back to the opportunity and responsibility to parent our children's hearts -- their inner beliefs.

To pass on spiritual and moral values requires time, lifestyle modeling, and unconditional love with no favoritism. Having a time of family Bible reading and discussion is one way to inculcate Biblical Truths, along with Scripture memory and prayer. Obviously this is not an exhaustive list.

Long hours committed to work schedules and a myriad of other interests can adversely affect even the best efforts to allocate enough time to parent our children's hearts and inward beliefs.

Begin a concerted effort now to explore opportunities that will contribute to your family heritage.

Prayer: Father, help me to model to my children a life committed to You. Show me if there is anything I need to change in my parenting habits. Help me to spend time in the Word and in prayer with my children. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"Do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4).