It has often been said that kids don't come with instruction manuals, but that isn't entirely true. The Bible includes plenty of instruction both on how to raise children and on how children should behave. Raising kids by the Bible's mandates has never been easy, but there is great reward both for you and your children in heeding God's instructions.
1. Raising Your Kids by the Bible
1 Model attention and obedience to God's word for your children. Start by making it a priority to read the Bible and pray daily, both by yourself and with your children. "Do as I say, not as I do" parenting seldom produces desirable results. Show your kids by your own lifestyle that reading and obeying the Bible is important.
2. Raising Your Kids by the Bible
2 Talk to your children about what the Bible says. The best way to do this is to bring the Bible's teachings up in the course of daily life when a particular verse applies to what they're going through. For example, if your child is having trouble sharing, you could share Hebrews 13:6 with him, which states, "Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God." Openbible.info is an excellent online resource for looking up Bible verses pertaining to a wide selection of issues.
3. Raising Your Kids by the Bible
3 Pray regularly for and with your child. Raising children biblically can be hard work. You will need wisdom and guidance from God. Praying often with your child shows them that prayer is important to you and teaches them how to pray.
4. Raising Your Kids by the Bible
4 Discipline your child when needed. Hebrews 12:11 teaches that discipline, even though it isn't pleasant for parents or children at the time, "yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." Be careful and ensure that any discipline you give your children reflects God's love and grace. Discipline should be designed to teach rather than simply to punish.
5. Raising Your Kids by the Bible
5 Make use of all the help you can get. Pastors, children's ministers and other godly friends can be a great resource in helping you raise your kids by the Bible. If your church has a Bible study or support group for parents, join it. If they don't, consider starting one. Chances are, there are plenty of parents in the congregation and community who are also concerned about raising their children according to biblical principles.