By Edd Sterchi
Attention - Spend much time with your children and give them plenty of thoughtful attentiveness.
Bible - Use God’s Word to guide you and teach its eternal truths to them. It’s the best child care manual in existence.
Care - Provide everything they need for satisfaction and success in life. Provide a happy, healthy environment for them to grow.
Discipline - Children need discipline in a disciplined manner. Discipline, but do not be too harsh. Correct them in a loving way.
Example - Be an example to your children. Make sure they see in you the way you want them to speak and act.
Fun - Children need to understand there is a time for having fun. Play with your children and laugh often.
Guidance - Lead them. Make sure you are always pointing them the right direction.
Help - Be your children’s biggest fan. Support them in everything and help them to gain proper self-esteem.
Inspire - Help to create within them the thought that they can do great things. Encourage them to reach their full potential.
Joy - Make your home one of rejoicing and thanksgiving regardless of the circumstance and situation. Praise God at all times.
Knowledge - Increasing your understanding in many areas of life will enhance your child’s life, as well. Never stop learning.
Love - “The greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Children need to be shown lots of love. Love conquers all.
Memories - Do things as a family that create many positive memories. Remind your children from time to time of past events.
Network - Create a “network” within the family, making sure all members have responsibilities and duties.
Order - Stay in control. Families fall apart when children are given the rule. Don’t let life get so hectic that your children suffer.
Patience - Be patient with children – they are young and vulnerable. Patience is a virtue, and virtuous homes have plenty of patience.
Quality - Provide quality time and advice for your child. Encourage them to be a person of quality – always doing their best.
Respect - Make your home one of mutual respect. Children must also learn the importance of respecting others and respecting God.
Stability - Children thrive on consistency. Make sure your home is a stable one. Develop good habits with them.
Teaching - Training and instruction are one of the primary parental duties. Don’t shrug this responsibility. Teach your children well.
Understanding - Work hard at understanding your children. Get to know their personalities and interests.
Virtue - One of the most important things that can be taught to children is the value of honesty, morality, and character.
Warning - Our children must be warned of the evils of sin, the ways of the world, and that choices always carry consequences.
X-factor - No child can be reared exactly the same as another. Learn their traits and what works and customize parenting for each child.
Yes - Your children will hear “No” a lot in their lifetime – make sure they hear “Yes” also.
Zeal - Seeing a parent that is excited about life makes a profound impression upon children.
- Edd Sterchi preaches for the Broadway Church of Christ in Campbellsville, KY. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.broadwaychurchofchrist.net/ [NOTE: Taken from Edd's booklet for new parents, Congratulations on your new baby!