The wise (and inspired) man said, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6). The apostle Paul said, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4).
The years of teaching and training children go by so quickly. By the time a child reaches those teen years, much of his/her course (including character and attitudes) is set. Some will leave home for college at the age of 18, and parents will likely be of very limited influence from that point onward. Much training, of course, takes place way before that time.
Parents should determine important Biblical principles and virtues that they wish to instill in their children. It is good to have these written down and kept where they can be seen. Parents can also choose occasions to talk about these (perhaps at the supper table).
Here are just a sample of principles and other virtues that we should seek to instill in our children:
Marry a Christian - God is first - marriage is for life - heaven is the greatest goal - God’s work is the greatest work - The Bible is the greatest book - integrity - unselfishness - work ethic – purity.
Remember, not only should we teach these principles to our children, we should model them! May God help us to raise up children that will love and serve Him as well as others!