What have you taught your children?

Matteo Bagnoli 

We believe that we teach our kids with thinking  ‘I will teach them this’ or ‘I have this plan to make sure they know this’; however, life kicks in and, before you know it, they are moving away, getting married, and raising a family.  It seems like in a blink of an eye they are grown.  To believe that you can plan, do everything right, and be the best parent is really funny if you think about it.  On the other hand, it seems that most problems come from the fact that we blame our parents for all they did or didn’t do.

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.  Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

The real way we teach is by our day-to-day life. If we are selfish, our kids will be.  If we are greedy, our kids will be. If we lie, have a temper, fight, etc. this will be what we teach them.  But if we love, show peace, show how to work, etc. they will do this.  To start a child off in the right way, you need to focus more on your actions, what is important to you, and what you expect out of them coming out of you.  I want to say the last one again.  What you expect out of them coming out of you!  So many times I see my kids do things that I’ve done.  This can be good and it can be bad. Once you get this, then just live life to the fullest and you will be starting your children off in the way they should go. They will not turn from it no matter if it is good or bad!

What are you doing that is ‘teaching’ your kids?  Are you showing love and compassion or greed and selfishness?  How can you focus on ‘who you are’ so that you can be a good parent?  If you feel that it is too late and the kids are ‘gone’, I say pray!  All in all, I suggest seeking God in faith. In the long run of life He will not let you down!

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