Proverbs 22:6 teaches that if we train a child in the way he should go, when he grows up, he will stay that way. I think we all know this is a guiding principle, not a behavior predictor. Because of human choice often our stubborn nature will take us in directions far outside the boundaries both God and family established for us. However, we’re not in error, parents, when we think that if parents will train their children in God’s way, most will turn out to be responsible and obedient.
It also may be correct to think when parents don‘t train their kids to follow God and just assume their children will figure life out on their own, that many of them will not. At least maybe not. This we do know with certainty. Kids don’t—and won’t—just naturally become responsible, self-disciplined, hard-working, caring Christian adults. It takes a lot of effort, time and patience by loving parents for a child to become all God means them to be.
It’s been said that by the time a child can walk, a child can work. Please don’t misunderstand me! I don’t mean they need to get a job. What I do mean is assigning appropriate tasks for a toddler – or a teen – is helpful in building their budding character.
A toddler can’t mow the lawn, but a walking toddler can learn to bring mommy their toy. A little one can follow you to the bathroom closet, carrying a washcloth to put away. If you will begin when your baby is this young training them to be your helper, you will naturally be training them in the way that ALL kids need.
It’s possible for children to learn to be responsible and help with the family chores- even from a young age. This involvement encourages them to not be lazy and to be an active supportive part of their home. God gave parents the job of training kids to be productive, self-disciplined and unselfish people. Training like this begins early in the home and continues until they are on their own. Which will be here before you know it.
Let me ask: What are some things your child could begin to do for themselves that will help you and the family?
Let me suggest: Make a chart listing the things your child can do around the house that are appropriate for their age and size. Picking up their toys, taking out the trash or placing pillows on the couch. Award with stickers or stars for this help which contributes to their family’s home life.