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Proverbs - Parenting for Dummies, 3rd Edition, Prov 23:13-14, 3:11-12, 1:1-3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 13:57

This past Sunday, we had the opportunity to reflect on the wisdom of parenting from the book of Proverbs. Jimmy posed three questions for us to consider: How, What, and Why of parenting.

1. How?

Do not withhold discipline from a child;

if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.

Punish them with the rod

and save them from death. (Prov 12:13-14)

Discipline is an important responsibility of parenting but it must be done out of love and not out of anger. It should begin with reasoning and then increase in severity as necessary. There are four general stages of parenting: Disciplinarian (Age 0-5), Training (Age 6-12), Coaching (Age 13-17), and Friendship (18+).


2. What is a family?

For many, our children have become our gods and parents try to live vicariously through their children’s successes. Tim Keller defines the family as a learning community built on a covenant of lifetime loyalty. Maintain good relationship with your children and the bridge of communication must never be severed. If children stray, the father figure in the story of the Prodigal Son models for us the love that we should have for our children.


3. Why?


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Prov 9:10)

The most important task is to introduce our children to the Lord. Parents plant the seed of faith in the hearts of our children and pray that it will take root. From Deut 10:12-13, the fear of the Lord means absolute belief, submission, and trust in God. Parents need to model a vibrant life in Christ.


b. Ethical and Moral dimension

Finally, Prov 1:1-3 teach us that parents are to impart moral and ethical education to our children. We do so primarily through the integrity of our lives and our personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.


May God grant us wisdom in our calling as parents.


Peace and grace, John

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 14:07