“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV).
Around the age of 13 is when children turn into a subculture called “teenagers.” Behavior that seemed innocent and cute when your child was a two-year-old is viewed as outright rebellion as he or she becomes a teenager. It’s not cute when your teenager looks you in the face and says, “I’m not doing that, and you can’t make me!”
I’ve heard many parents say, “We did everything the Bible said. We disciplined our kids, and we had them in church all the time.”
However, just having your kids in church isn’t the automatic answer.Isaiah 28:9-10 talks about the importance of teaching our children from the time they are newborns.
As parents, our job is to begin instilling the Word of God in our children when they are young. As they become teenagers, the Spirit of God can bring conviction to the Word that has been placed within them. Then, they won’t do something just because Mom and Dad said so but because God is convicting them, and they know it’s the right thing to do.
THE TAKE AWAY
Children are never too young (or too old) to learn godly principles, like the importance of sharing, telling the truth, taking care of their stuff, forgiveness, respecting others, kindness, etc.