Parental guidance is guiding your child by explaining the reasons (pros and cons) of his or her actions and decisions. If the child resists the parent, then the parent would act to correct, punish and prevent the child’s undesirable behaviour.
Parental guidance can also be described as the act of influencing and teaching your children to gain skills that are needed in order to make good choices and thrive in this world. In the sight of God, parents are responsible for the training of their children. If you fail as a parent, God is going to hold you responsible for it.
You must spend quality time with your children. This is very important because they long and hunger for your time. Many children spend a lot of time with the grandparents and housemaids. They learn a lot of things from whoever they spend time with. You must make sure you give to your children ideas for living.
This is also very important in their day to day running and for their future. Some of these are teachings about moral and spiritual principles of life. You must show them that only those that are sound morally and spiritually attain genuine satisfaction in life.
The story of the prodigal son shows us that he was not trained morally and spiritually. As a result, he wasted his father’s wealth and didn’t have ideas on how and what he could do about his life.
Set good examples for your children, plan things together as a family, ask them to bring ideas and work it out together. Make the home so interesting and delightful that your children will want to stay at home.
This will hinder them from having secret friends that will mislead them outside the home. Discipline them. The Bible requires the parents to discipline their children when they go wrong (Proverbs 13:24, Proverbs 23:13). Teach them to know God and bring them up in the church.
Most importantly, always read the Bible together regularly at home. Make sure the family prayers take place daily. Guide them on how to go about it. When they grow up and become teenagers, they will not run away from the things of God.
When you give your children and wards spiritual guidance, you will have peace and the home will be free of strife and trouble. You would also have passed the test of parenting and stewardship. Heaven will then give you great rewards.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 133
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 4:1-22
1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straightened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
MEMORY VERSE: “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” – Matthew 15:14
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