Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Thank God for the second and final part of this topic, as we continue to learn, I pray the Lord open our eyes to see some hidden truth we’ve not been seeing before now in Jesus name.
Now, we are going to discuss the dos and don’ts of parents to their children. Remember in part one, we discuss that children are a special gift from the almighty God, we must package them, adore, cherish and value them. Now, let’s move on from where we dropped our pen, I hope you will find this article helpful and interesting. Let’s ride.
1. Show Appreciation
This is the number one thing we are going to discuss in this post. We must be thankful and appreciative to God for what he has done. I have heard about fathers running away from homes just because they are giving birth to girls always, have heard some people went for a scan and the result was that they are going to have a bouncing baby girl, but after the delivery, they gave birth to a bouncing baby boy. What can we then say to these things, are we the maker of them that we should start complaining about the child God gave us? Our God is the giver of children, either girl or boy, he does whatever pleases him, so we shouldn’t run away from our responsibilities just because we wanted a male or a female child; instead we should thank and appreciate God for what he has done rather than running away from home as if we have the power to create one by ourselves. Let’s thank and appreciate God for what he has done so that he can do another one for us.
2. Don’t Run Away From Responsibility
Our children is our future, whatever your child becomes in the future will definitely affects you; whether good or bad. So you mustn’t run away from your responsibility. Both the father and the mother have a very big role to play in the proper upbringing of the child. Fathers should not leave them in the hand of the mothers alone, likewise mother too. There are some things mothers cannot do but fathers can do better. So both parties should be heavily in involved in the development of the children. Either should not use work as an excuse for not taking care of their children, don’t forget that they are your future, whatever they becomes in the future will definitely affects you; whether good or bad.
3. Don’t Compare
Many parents are used to comparing their children with that of their friends’ or their neighbor’s. These things should not be, children are a gift from God, and they are not to be compared with others. God created everyone special and unique, there are some qualities God puts in one and he didn’t put in another, there are some qualities he puts in another and he didn’t puts in one, so you shouldn’t compare your child with anyone. God created everyone uniquely with different qualities.
4. Be Available
There are some children that don’t know their father, even their mother, not because they are not alive or are not around, but because they are too busy and engaged with other activities. So they don’t even have time for their children anymore, they live everything in the hands of the house help and their teachers. As parents, you must be available for your children anytime and any day so they can be proud of you when they are in the midst of their friends.
5. They Must Not Be Spoilt
Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Children are the heritage of the Lord; they must be pampered but not over pampered. Whenever they go wrong, we must correct them in a Godly way. We shouldn’t abuse or make them feel bad. As parents we know what’s good and what’s bad for them, so we must always choose and do what is right for them, we shouldn’t do what’s wrong for them just because we want to please them, by so doing they will also learn to discern from what is wrong and what’s right even from their young age.
6. Invest Wisely
It is very good to invest in children but we must do it wisely. What I mean is that we must not make the kind of investment that will only last on this earth; we should make the kind of investment that will speak till eternity. Most especially in the things that has to do with God and the things that will prosper their body, soul and spirit. Investing in them on things that are eternal will give us peace of mind, because their future is secured in the hand of God.
7. What You Sow You Reap
Whatever you do to others people’s children outside is what they will also do to your children outside. If you sow well to other people’s children, people will also sow well to the life of your children as well and you will also reap the good in future.
Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Remember, we just a care taker of them, we will surely give account on how we trained them; I pray our effort on them will not be in vain in Jesus name. And for anybody reading this post and you’re waiting on the Lord for the fruit of the womb I pray in the name of Jesus, the God almighty that answer the prayer of Hannah at Shiloh will definitely answer yours today in Jesus name, by this time next year from this very moment, you will testify in Jesus Name, Amen. God be with you.