Here is this Saturday’s installment of this great series by Elihu at Elihu’s Corner from the series RaisingGenNext. Blessings and enjoy!
Yesterday, we covered why we need to teach our children. Today, we will be covering how to teach our children. This is merely an overview. Entire books have been written on this subject!!
For starters, let me make a disclaimer: I am a youngish parent. My kids are all under the age of 9. What I am about to suggest are principles I have learned from older, wiser people and/or have put into practice myself. If you are interested in raising godly adults, I highly recommend that you talk to older parents whose children have a strong foundation in the Lord. Ask what they did with their children. Ask multiple people. (As the Bible says, “In the multitude of counselors, there is wisdom!)
Let’s dive in!
#1: Make time to read from the Word every day.
Elisabeth Elliot has mentioned in multiple books how her family had devotional time every morning. Corrie Ten Boom noted that her father read a chapter from the Bible every morning. In both cases, all the children in their families grew up with a love for the Lord. That tells me that consistent, active teaching is of great value.
When my children were old enough to sit in a high chair, I would use their temporary immobility to sing bible songs with them and read from a very simple children’s picture bible with very abbreviated stories. This is the one I used for them when they were babies:
(You can check it out here.)
The older ones enjoyed the simple stories too. (For their benefit I’d read from a different Bible at breakfast). Once they got into the toddler age, I read various rhyming bibles. If they could memorize Dr. Seuss books, then I reasoned that the rhyme would engage their minds in the same way. They thoroughly enjoyed that. I used these two:…..read the rest of the post here: How to Equip Your Children to be Future Christians (Raising #GenNext)