Last week was a long holiday for the Children,as they celebrated Children’s day which was May 27th. On sunday, my boys had presentations in Church to celebrate along with other children, it was fun watching all of them as they charge of the entire sunday service.
From the Call to worship all through to the announcement at the end of service, All of them
did amazingly well,we were all proud parents that left church on that day. I felt on top of the world as I watched my boys singing and dancing in with the children choir.
Psalm 127:3-5, talks about children been God’s heritage and how blessed is any man who has his quiver full of them. more often than not children with outstanding character’s flourish in every facet of life=spiritually, intellectually ,socially and emotionally.
Our responsibility as parents and custodians of this Godly heritage is to provide the right environment for our children to thrive,and cultivate the right attitude to life. We can’t shy away from the fact that parents are the moral educators of their children. Schools, Churches, and any other institution are just acting as a supplement.
Therefore, Parents should instil, moral and godly values in their children,alongside every other beneficial value and virtues. The wise king said it, thousands of years back,
Tain up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it.
Parents are to teach their children to differentiate the ‘right’ from the ‘wrong’, teaching them to be compassionate and respectful to other people and elders respectively.
Planting the right seed in your children help thems them to stand out wherever they are,when the planting process starts from their cradle, it will lay in them a solid foundation for their future.
How do you plant the right seed into your children?
I am a mother of two pre-teens,sometimes especially now, that they trying to exercise their willpower,and sense of reasoning with little or no input from ‘mummy and daddy’ it si much more challenging to help them stay on the right path without having to argue or “fight’ most of the time. So how do we plant the seed, because it is a continuous planting process that will germinate into a glorious future?
Seize the opportunity. Children are very tender and simple that they believe almost everything you tell them,therefore it is important to seize every opportunity to teach and show them the right way of life, right from their tender age,we(Hubby &I) made the boys appreciate the supremacy and the sovereignty of God over the world and most especially over our lives. As such they also became very involved with our Christian lifestyle and activities of the kingdom at their tender age.
As their first teacher, parents should spend some imbibing in their children, a godly lifestyle. when you show your children that godliness is of premium importance to you,it will equally be important to them. This will, in turn, boost their faith in God.
Be a role model. Remember you can’t give what you don’t have,especially when these children mind is like camera, They capture everything they see us do ,hook, line and sinker! They are Imitators.when we set a good example they follow and vice versa. It is not enough to talk about virtues and values,you have to practice it, translating it into lives pictures they can see to practice.
Don’t condone bad habits. Just like it is planting a seed, there must some sort of weeding to allow the seed to thrive, parents also need to remove the substance that can hinder character formation and development in their children. In other words, in trying to teach the children good habits and morals, you cannot ignore the bad ones.
Set boundaries for your children because they need it. However you don’t have to punish them all the time: give room for improvement, sometimes the correction they need is spoken words. Don’t trivialise situations with them,but correct them in love and with firmness!
Devote time to parenting. Making time out for the children and the family at large can be a difficult task in this day and age when everything is clamouring for our attention, however, you must let anything prevent you from playing your role as a parent.
Children spell L.O.V.E.E as T.I.M.E and as such it is important to consciously plan and devote time to parenting by so doing you will knit yourself into the children and weave on them a beautiful tapestry of virtuous character in their lives.
Get involved in their school life and other extracurricular activities. school life is a major event in a child’s life, so it is important to partner with those involved i.e Teachers, friends in a bid to help the child to develop and acquire the necessary skills and character for lasting impact.
Prayer is the master key. The process of planting good seed must be followed( watered and nurtured with prayers. Pray the fruit of the spirit into the lives of your children, and also teach them to develop a personal relationship with God as they grow they become outstanding Adults,making an impact and blazing trails with great strength and character.
Seeds are sensitive ,therefore, sow into your child seeds of great worth today, remember what you sow is what you’ll reap.
I believe that children are our future…….
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