In this increasingly secular age, you may feel uncertain about your ability to raise children with strong Christian values and morals. As parents, you know that your primary responsibility is to instil these values in your family, but with so many outside influences out there to potentially lead your children astray, it’s natural to feel some anxiety about this crucial responsibility. In many ways, your children will carry the legacy of your faith; so passing on the beliefs that guide your moral compass is essential.
- Find the right educational path for them. State-run schools may have their benefits, but if you want your child to be raised in an environment that consistently teaches them the kind of Christian values you hope to model at home, you’ll need to consider their schooling. For some parents, homeschooling seems to be a sensible way to give their children the education they need to progress in society without sacrificing a Christian foundation, but this may not be realistic for many values. Schools like Oxley Christian College can provide a high-quality education that also fosters and nurtures authentic Christian character as they grow.
- Pray with your children. It could be argued that the foundation of the Christian life is prayer. It’s how we come into communication with God, and how we develop an intimate relationship with Him and mature in our faith. Children will grow up learning all about the importance of prayer if you make it a part of their day from the early stages of life. Pray with your toddler before bed, teaching them to offer up gratitude for all of the positive aspects of their day, and explain to them that they can bring their needs to God and talk openly with Him.
- Model Christian behaviour. The best examples of Christian values that your child will encounter will come from you and your spouse. You are their primary role models, so it’s extremely important that they see authentic actions that they can learn to imitate, just as you imitate Christ. In the early stages of life this behaviour will simply provide a good example of the type of behaviour you value in your household, but children should also be taught as they grow older that righteousness is a gift from God through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.
- Teach your children about your faith. It may seem obvious, but many parents rely on Sunday church classes to provide their children with their religious education and neglect this aspect at home. The Bible makes it clear that we have a responsibility as parents to teach our children about the faith, so make as much time as possible to read Bible stories together at home, talk about God, and to answer any questions your child has about Christianity.
- Maintain a church connection. While the majority of your child’s upbringing will happen at home, our surrounding community can have a major impact on the friends they make and the way they spend their time. Get connected with a church that you attend consistently and get your kids involve with age-appropriate programs there so they can make friends of the same faith and learn more each week about how God can work in their lives.