Proverbs 22:6 teaches us to train our children in the way they should go. To train means to mold character, instruct by exercise, and to drill. In other words, we teach our children how to live their lives just as we would show them how to brush their teeth. We must take a hands-on approach and demonstrate. We teach by example.
There is a difference between teaching children and training them. Teaching is instructing, and training is showing and correcting. In life, there are certain lessons we can learn by instruction, and then there are those we only learn through demonstration. As parents, when we take on an active and loving role in our children’s lives, we take the first step toward biblical training.
The Bible tells us that our children are a reward and heritage from God (Psalm 127:3). One definition of the Hebrew word for heritage is assignment. Our children are our assignment. Therefore, it is imperative that we raise them according to the biblical principles God has established in His Word. Here are a few ways you can begin to cultivate a more hands-on approach to raising your children:
Hands-on parenting should always be loving and supportive. The home environment should be nurturing, loving, and educational. On a regular basis, show your children that they are loved, accepted, and highly valued at home! Remember, being a hands-on parent will positively impact your children for the rest of their lives.
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