8 Truths to Teach at Home
Parents have a colossal job in teaching our kids to live in this fallen world, but not be part of it. Here are 8 truths to teach at home to help your kids be successful.
- Choose wisely (friends, activities, actions) – You can set an example by the choices you make when you watch aTV show, where you go and the friends YOU make.
- Think first before you act – We need to discipline our children so they know that “if you do that, this could happen.” God forgives, but there are consequences. Letting your son live through the consequences of his actions will develop his thinking for the next time when he is tempted. Don’t run to the rescue.
- Life is not fair – No matter how many participation trophies are handed out after a season of sports, we need to remind our children that life is not fair to each and every one of us. Things will happen that are not what we expect. People will take advantage. Things will not always come out in our favor. Kids need to know that.
- You are special but you are not #1 among people – God made each of us special.
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalms 139:14
- Be kind – Again, this is by your example. Kids are watching us every hour of the day.
Ephesians 4:2 says. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
- Always tell the truth – “…For my mouth will utter truth: wickedness is an abomination to my lips.” This begins at home. Don’t tell your kids to say you’re not home when you don’t want to answer the phone. This might seem small, but it is setting an example that sometimes it’s okay to lie.
- God loves you no matter what – There is nothing that we do that God can not and won’t forgive. He loves us unconditionally. “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are.” 1 John 3:1
- And He is always waiting for us to receive Him as Lord and Savior. Salvation is the most important decision that can be made. It’s never too early to share salvation with your kids. Don’t rely just on the church or the youth group, but tell them about the Lord at home. “Behold now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” I Corinthians 6:2