With the advent of new technologies these days, a number of parents may find it challenging to instill biblical principles to their children. Here are the following parenting principles which are extracted from a few contemporary parenting books and held to the template of the Bible that would seem to tell a different tale.
- To cultivate your children’s character, teach your children respect for their purpose in life, for you, for others and for nature. A respectful behavior means that one should not lie, cheat, steal, falsely accuse, bully or misuse others, etc., whether online or in person (Matthew 22:37–40; Exodus 20:1–17; Deuteronomy 6:6–7).
- Love your children and ensure that it shows on how you treat them. In this way, it nurtures their emotional development as well as reduces their fears. Such love also implies discipline that does not rely solely on punishment. Instead, it includes rewards when appropriate (Proverbs 3:12; Hebrews 11:6; Galatians 6:7).
- Give your children opportunities and places wherein they are able to interact with their peers. Moreover, teach them learn to manage interpersonal conflicts (Matthew 18:15–16, 21–22).
- Teach your children effective communication skills by setting as an example (Proverbs 25:11; Proverbs 17:27; Colossians 3:8; James 1:19).
- Teach your children the importance of working and producing (Colossians 3:23–25; Ephesians 6:7–8; Proverbs 14:23; 2 Thessalonians 3:10; Ecclesiastes 9:10; 10:18).
- Instill that a reputation is worth protecting, either online and in the real world. Teach them the value of sex and of their bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19–20; Proverbs 3:1–4; Proverbs 22:1; Proverbs 11:22).
- Teach them that there is a time for everything. Also, explain the importance of balance in their life for their physical, mental health and well-being (Ecclesiastes 3:1–8; Exodus 34:21).
- Help your children to learn how to solve problems wisely (Proverbs 18:13, 15, 17).