Helpful Hints for Parents
- Make your home the brightest and most attractive place on earth.
- Let your child invite friends to your home and table so that he/she had rather be there than any other place.
- Make your child responsible for the performance of daily duties. Never do for your child what she/he is capable of doing.
- Never punish your child in anger.
- Talk about God and the Bible. Let the Lord be a natural part of who you are.
- Do not criticize your child as a person, but rather encourage his/her abilities and help his/her weaknesses.
- Live uprightly before your child at all times. Do not hesitate to confess weaknesses and ask forgiveness when you fail.
- Let your child hear you say, “I love you.” Say it to your spouse and to your child.
- Impress on your child that making character is more important than making money.
- Be much in prayer that the Lord will help you. A contrite and humble heart before God accomplishes much.
The Easy Part
A friend was in the hospital to give birth to her first baby. As the labor pains became more frequent and severe, she gasped to the nurse, “Is the hard part about over?” The nurse replied, “Honey, this is the easy part. The hard part will last for the next 18 years.“ —W. R. Sumrall
Father: “Son, when Lincoln was your age, he was earning his own living.”
Son: “Yes, father, and when he was your age he was President of the United States.” —Unknown
The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.
—Lane Olinghouse, The Wall Street Journal
Let Them Overhear
If you want children to improve, let them hear the nice things you say about them to others.
The Case of the Missing Lap
I watched as the young father cuddled and fed his new baby.
His older child was about two, not much more than a baby himself. He was trying to climb into his father’s lap beside his newborn little brother—but there was no room.
The look on the older child’s face was desperate—he had to get into Daddy’s lap. Such anguish! Children are capable of so much suffering that adults brush aside, laugh at, or simply ignore.
I was sitting on an opposite couch, and I offered him the services of my lap. At first the suffering child would not hear of it—his father’s lap was the only one he wanted. But finally, he must have thought, “Any port in a storm,” for he came to me. I put my arms around him, and he smiled just slightly. I pulled him into my lap and held him there for a little while. He became very still and rested his head against my chest.
Finally peace and serenity settled over his features. He beamed a warm grateful smile my way that I will never forget. I don’t think that little boy and I will ever forget each other.
All over the world there are missing laps. There just is not enough love to go around, especially for those who do not know God. A major work of the church is to show forth the love of God to a very deprived world.
My fellow Christians, it is up to you and me to pour the oil and wine of perception, understanding, and compassion on the wounds of the world. We cannot pass by on the other side and still make our claim to be the children of God. —Bert Mercer