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How to be a Godly parent ?

The Bible has a lot to say about how to be a Godly parent. I am
a Christian grandmother who is willing to share my thoughts on
parenting with you If you like to check in weekly to see my new
thoughts on the matter.

Children learn by example.

In the beginning of the bible we are taught in

Deuteronomy 6: 4-9

O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.2 5 You shall
love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and
with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall
be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children,
and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you
walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You
shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets
between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your
house and on your gates.

4 “Hear,

Children learn by watching us so if we “love the Lord God with all
our heart and all our soul and all our might” they will see how their
priorities should be in life and how they should act and behave.

If we as parents take time to improve ourselves, if we strive to always
do our best and be our best. In their way of imitation they will copy
you naturally.

If you yourself MEMORIZE VERSES your children will emulate you
and do it to sometimes without any encouragement.

Question:

Answer: Parenting can be a difficult and challenging venture, but at the same time can
be the most rewarding and fulfilling thing we ever do. The Bible has a great deal to say
about the way we can successfully raise our children to be men and women of God. The
first thing we must do is teach them the truth about God's Word.

Along with loving God and being a godly example by committing ourselves to His
commands, we need to heed the command of Deuteronomy 6:7-9 regarding teaching our
children to do the same. This passage emphasizes the ongoing nature of such instruction.
It should be done at all times—at home, on the road, at night, and in the morning.
Biblical truth should be the foundation of our homes. By following the principles of these
commands, we teach our children that worshiping God should be constant, not reserved
for Sunday mornings or nightly prayers.

Although our children learn a great deal through direct teaching, they learn much more
by watching us. This is why we must be careful in everything we do. We must first
acknowledge our God-given roles. Husbands and wives are to be mutually respectful and
submissive to each other (Ephesians 5:21). At the same time, God has established a line
of authority to keep order. “Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is
Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God” (1 Corinthians
11:3). We know that Christ is not inferior to God, just as a wife is not inferior to her
husband. God recognizes, however, that without submission to authority, there is no
order. The husband's responsibility as the head of the household is to love his wife as he
loves his own body, in the same sacrificial way that Christ loved the church (Ephesians
5:25-29).

In response to this loving leadership, it is not difficult for the wife to submit to her
husband's authority (Ephesians 5:24; Colossians 3:18). Her primary responsibility is to
love and respect her husband, live in wisdom and purity, and take care of the home (Titus
2:4-5). Women are naturally more nurturing than men because they were designed to be
the primary caretakers of their children.

Discipline and instruction are integral parts of parenting. Proverbs 13:24 says, “He who
spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.” Children
who grow up in undisciplined households feel unwanted and unworthy. They lack
direction and self-control, and as they get older they rebel and have little or no respect for
any kind of authority, including God's. “Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do
not be a willing party to his death” (Proverbs 19:18). At the same time, discipline must
be balanced with love, or children may grow up resentful, discouraged, and rebellious
(Colossians 3:21). God recognizes that discipline is painful when it is happening
(Hebrews 12:11), but if followed by loving instruction, it is remarkably beneficial to the
child. “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training
and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

It is important to involve children in the church family and ministry when they are

young. Regularly attend a Bible-believing church (Hebrews 10:25), allow them to see
you studying the Word, and also study it with them. Discuss with them the world around
them as they see it, and teach them about the glory of God through everyday life. “Train
a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Proverbs
22:6). Being a good parent is all about raising children who will follow your example in
obeying and worshipping the Lord.

source: http://www.gotquestions.org/good-parent.html

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