In today’s world, it often feels as if it is harder and harder for you as a parent to teach your children the Christian values you have cherished for so many years. Due to the numerous outside influences children encounter on a daily basis, you may be in search of innovative ways to instill Christian values in your children. If so, use these four ways to help your children have a solid foundation on which to build.
Be an Example
To begin with, set a good example for your children by living your life based on the Christian values you hold dear to your heart. You can do this in a variety of ways, from having you and your kids attend church regularly to treating others the way you would wish to be treated.
Emphasize Christian Education
If you find yourself concerned with certain aspects of public schools, you can help your children learn Christian values by enrolling them instead in a religious-oriented school. Becoming a more popular choice with parents each year, Christian-based schools can help your children not only gain an excellent education, but also learn how the values emphasized by Jesus in the Bible can be applied to real-world living.
Read the Bible Daily
When you want to spend some quality time with your children, sit down together and read the Bible. Upon doing so, you can find yourself asking meaningful questions such as how did God “rest” on the seventh day? For many children, the story of David and Goliath is very popular. After reading this story with your kids, you can teach them that one of the morals of this story is that if you believe in God and in yourself, anything is possible.
Take Advantage of Teachable Moments
With satellite television, social media, and many other avenues of information available to your children, you will have at your disposal many teachable moments on a daily basis. This can be especially effective with older kids, especially those in middle and high school. For example, when your kids start wondering why there is evil in the world and why bad things happen to good people, emphasize that God is sovereign in all things, and that good things can come from bad situations. By seeing that you continue to trust in God, they will too.
Once you commit to using these methods to teach your children Christian values, you and your kids will have the peace of mind that comes with trusting in God.