Analyzing your interaction with your kids
God gives specific instructions on “the way” that parents should interact with and teach their children. In fact, 2 Timothy 3:16 says:
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” [NJKV]
The parenting self-test required honest self-examination when it asked about what percentage of your time do you spend with your children on doctrine (teaching the word of God), reproof (e.g. criticism, scolding, lecturing, etc.), correction, and instruction in righteousness (e.g. living by Biblical Principles).
If very little of your time is spent on teaching the word of God and training your children on how to live according to God’s plan and the majority of the time is spent on scolding and punishing, then it may be time to make some adjustments in the way you are parenting.
God has given us the blueprint for building strong relationships with our children and helping them grow spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. The following scriptures are just a few of the many helpful tips from the Bible on how to raise our children:
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NKJV)
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Ephesians 6:4 (NKJV)
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”