It’s a difficult world and time in which to raise children. So many conflicting “words of advice” bombard us from both reliable and dubious sources. Where do we turn for the truth?
God’s Word never fails. Within the pages of the Bible are many proven truths. When it comes to parenting, I find the wisdom book of Proverbs to be an excellent source of guidance.
These Proverbs stem from the basic premise that parents deeply and sacrificially love their children and want what is best for them. (Sadly, that is not always the case today.) But knowing what that best is can be quite a challenge. Since children are not born with a “manual” attached, I simply offer these tried and true Proverbs as words of encouragement:
· Proverbs 1:9 A parent’s wise teaching will improve a child’s character.
· Proverbs 6:22-23 A parent’s teaching will lead children when they travel, protect them at night, and advise them during the day. Parents’ instructions are a shining light; their correction can teach children how to live.
· Proverbs 13:24b If you love your children, you will correct them.
· Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer quiets anger, but a harsh one stirs it up.
· Proverbs 18:21 What you say can preserve life or destroy it.
· Proverbs 19:18 Discipline your children while they are young.
· Proverbs 22:6 Teach a child how he should live and he will remember it all his life.
· Proverbs 22:15 All children do foolish things, but firm correction will make them change.
· Proverbs 23:26 Our lives are our children’s examples.
· Proverbs 27:15 Nagging is like water going drip-drip-drip on a rainy day.
· Proverbs 29:15 Correction and discipline are good for children.
When my children were growing up, I remember praying and seeking guidance for how best to raise them. What words of wisdom from God’s Word would you offer fellow parents today?
©2016 Pamela D. Williams