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To train up a child at an early age will have a greater impact on them than training them later.

Making sure that your child grows up to be a good person is the most important job any parent can do.

There are many things that affect how children behave and what their future will look like. The way people are trained as young children will affect how they behave in school and how their future will look.

In the course of raising a child, you are their guide. You are the one who helps them develop the skills they need in order to become independent, responsible adults. This isn’t always easy. Sometimes you are faced with situations where you must make a decision you are unsure of.

Proverbs 22:6

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” 

I am pretty sure that at one point or another, Christian parents would have preferred if Proverbs 22:6 said, “Raise your children to be moral, upright, God-fearing, church-going humans.

Make sure they never forget their Bible verses, always carry a Bible to church, are present and on time for Little Saints classes, are enrolled for the church’s summer camp every year, participate in the church’s cadet and church dance and drama group, etc.

Rule with an iron fist, after all ‘Spare the rod and spoil the child’…. Enforce your rules and regulations with consistency and discipline. Be clear they learn the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, etc.

Teach them to pray…unlock the war room for and with them. Make sure they have a redeeming knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Your children will rebel at various times in their life but when they are old and decrepit, they will come back to the Lord and into his embrace…. But only if you raised them right.”

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What Does “Train Up A Child” mean?

This verse has always been a bit confusing to me, but I know a lot of people have taken it to mean that children should be well-behaved, and I suppose that is one way to interpret it. The actual translation of the verse is: “Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” The proper translation should be: “Train up a child in the way that he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it.” And the addition of the word “even” is not merely a commentary on the translation; it is an essential component of the translation.

This word indicates that the instruction of the wise is not only for the child’s youth, but also for his whole life. 

The lesson here is that it is never too late to correct one’s way. One should not be proud of past sins, nor should one be discouraged by past failures.

As parents, we have a lot of influence over our children. The way we raise our children can make a big difference in how they act as adults. The Bible gives us some great advice on how to raise our children. We should teach our children what we believe, how to relate to people, and how to live in a way that honours God. As we teach our children, we should be sure to teach them the truth. Teaching them the correct beliefs, morals, and etiquette are all important parts of training our children in the way they should go.

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WHY SHOULD YOU TRAIN UP A CHILD?

This is a question I asked myself and a question asked by many parents. I often ask myself this question because I have 3 little boys, 5 and under, and I know that I am responsible for teaching them right from wrong and giving them the tools they needs to succeed in life. To train up a child is a high calling.

As a child grows up, they learn a lot of things. They learn about life, about how to interact with people, and much more. A lot of the things they learn are from their parents, guardians, and other people they interact with. This is one of the most valuable things that a child can learn. It shapes who they are as a person and what they learn can help them in the future. However, not all children are taught the same things. Some learn that it is okay to steal or hit others, while others learn that these actions are wrong. Knowing how to navigate these moral codes are why we as parents have the responsibility of training our children.

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RAISING CHILDREN

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Children are often referred to as a blessing from God. We spend so much time and money on them, and when they turn out badly, we wonder what we did wrong. But the truth is that a lot of the time, we did nothing wrong. The child just wasn’t being trained properly. When I say “train up a child,” I don’t mean just feeding them, dressing them, and putting them to sleep. I mean teaching them the things they need to know in order to be useful members of society. As Christians, we need to think about our children and how we should be raising them, instead of just letting them grow up.

Raising children is not an easy task. There are so many things that parents have to consider and learn in order to raise their children to be responsible and respectful adults. One of the most important things for parents to learn is how to discipline their children. If the parents are unable to discipline their children, the parents may find that they have terrible teenagers and young adults.

PUNISHMENT?

The popular proverb “Spare the rod and spoil the child” shows that punishment is a natural part to train up a child. But what if I tell you that you are not only spoiling your children, but also are robbing them of a better future? That is what psychologists, neuroscientists, and researchers have been trying to prove to the world for a while now. And I agree with them.

Punishment is not the way to discipline your child. It may teach them to avoid certain actions, but it will not teach them to think logically. As a result, they will be less productive and creative and will not be able to solve problems on their own. What you should do instead is to teach your child to think logically. Reward them when they do so.

Punishment can be replaced with logical explanations and constructive criticism. Your child is bound to be more productive, creative, and independent in their behaviour and thinking.

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REWARDS WHEN YOU TRAIN UP A CHILD

It is a wonderful feeling when you see your children doing well and you are able to use that to help them learn or achieve their goals. When you see them do well in school work and you feel good about giving them a reward.

The best type of reward is praise and encouragement. It is even better when you can reward your child with something that will help them learn and do better in their school work. Children learn from a young age that if they get a reward, they are more likely to do the same thing again. So, if you want your child to learn to read, you can give them a reward when they read a book or a passage of text to you.

This method of reward is the best way to make sure that your child learns to read and it will give them a love of reading. If you use this method, you should avoid giving them material rewards like toys and games. Instead, give them verbal praise and encouragement to make sure they continue to read and get better at it.

IN CONCLUSION ?

In a world that is constantly changing, we can see that it is important to “train up a child” in such a way that they can be equipped to handle the challenges that are waiting for them. And in the end, the most important thing you can do is to have a mindset that will enable you to give them the best that you can. The key to shaping your child is showing by example, and only through consistency will you see results.

I hope this post has given you some great advice on how to raise your children in such a way that they can have all the tools they need to be successful. If you have any other questions about raising your children, please contact us anytime on any of our social media pages. Thank you for reading!

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