Parenting is a high calling whether you’re a Christian or not.

As Christian parents, the ultimate goal is to lay a foundation in our children’s early years, so they will always desire to seek God as their Father. That is the goal, but we cannot force them to make the right decisions. Even God, our Father, doesn’t force us to make right decisions. He will lead us and direct us, but He will not force us. You’re charged with training your children—no matter what happens afterward!  And generally speaking, well-trained kids become principled adults. So train well!

The following verses (many more) are therefore a good place to start.

Deuteronomy 11:18-19 (NLT):  So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.” (cf Deut 4:9-10; 6:6-9).

Proverbs 1:8-9 (GW):My son, listen to your father’s discipline, and do not neglect your mother’s teachings, because discipline and teachings are a graceful garland on your head and a golden chain around your neck.”

Proverbs 6:23 (NLT): “For their command is a lamp and their instruction a light; their corrective discipline is the way to life.”

Proverbs 20:11 (NLT): “Even children are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right.”

Ephesians 6:4 (GW): “Fathers, don’t make your children bitter about life. Instead, bring them up in Christian discipline and instruction.”

Colossians 3:21 (NLT):Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.”