If you are trying to teach your children to organize their lives in a biblical manner and to live in a healthy manner that will lead to a satisfaction that is based on knowing they have pleased God and fulfilled God’s plan and purpose for their life – the book of Proverbs is for you. Here is a quick Craig’s list of wisdom from that book you can work with as you raise children:
1> TRAIN THEM TO MANAGE GOD’S MONEY: Proverbs 3:9-10. Train your children to be financially responsible. Teach them to save for what they want and not use credit. Delayed gratification and wise stewardship will benefit them for a lifetime. Make sure they do not follow your example of overspending and borrowing to fulfill every want.
2> TRAIN THEM TO SELECT CAREFULLY SELECT FRIENDS: Proverbs 13:20. The Bible is very clear – bad company corrupts good morals (1 Corinthians 15:33). The right friends can make or break a child. Influence how they choose and interact with their friends into adulthood.
3> TRAIN THEM TO WATCH THEIR WORDS: Proverbs 4:24. Out of the overflow of the heart our mouths speak (Luke 6:45). If our words are not honouring to God or to people, we have a heart issue that will ripple throughout so many other areas and relationships. Words have enormous power – particularly the ones we as parents and grandparents use with our kinds. Teach them to speak words of life and not destruction.
4> TRAIN THEM TO BE RESPONSIBLE: Proverbs 6:6-8. Don’t give your children an allowance for doing nothing. Give them chores that you expect them to do – if they do them then they receive weekly spending money. If not – they don’t. You might feel like you are doing them a favour by giving them an allowance simply for showing up, or buying them whatever they ask for, but ultimately you could be handicapping them for the rest of their lives.
5> TRAIN THEM TO GUARD THEIR MINDS: Proverbs 23:7. Our thoughts shape our emotions, our decisions, and our actions. How we think, and what we think about, directs our lives. While it is normal to be plagued with negative self-talk, try to help your children learn the skill of capturing wrong thoughts and making them obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
6> TRAIN THEM TO BE GENEROUS: Proverbs 11:25. By nature, we are selfish. Yet we are never more like God than when we give. Generosity is a gift that can be nurtured. A generous person will always be blessed.
7> TRAIN THEM TO FEAR GOD: Proverbs 1:7. It is normal today for people to live without respecting and revering God. But we know that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10). If we don’t fear God, it is because we don’t know God.