See, you can learn a lot of good things from books … but perhaps the best teaching tool at your disposal IS YOU. Your everyday actions and reactions are what your children will see … and so as you love, respect, and honor others in the home … your child will begin to do the same. What’s important to you, will become important to them … even when they act as if you don’t exist.
Maybe you’ve heard it said, “The family that plays together, and prays together, stays together.”
But now with TVs, computers, and iPhones … dinner time can seem like a revolving door … and it can be a real struggle to do things together. But can I encourage you to persevere. Develop a culture of togetherness.
Look for ways to invest into your child’s character by modelling character to them.
Set aside time with your child, and if you can, just begin to talk to your Heavenly Father with them. It doesn't matter how it sounds. Then if you have a Bible … read something together … and explain to them how God has worked in your life and answered your prayers … and shaped your character, even through difficult times.
Romans 5:4 tells us that “… endurance produces character, and character produces hope.”
And Psalm 1 says “Blessed is the one who walks not in the counsel of the wicked … but his delight is in the ways of the Lord.”