Just as the Bible instructs children to honor their parents and be obedient, it also has an outline for parents – particularly fathers in this case. Think of the attributes of our Heavenly Father… He is slow to anger, as earthly fathers should be. He does not use severities in dealing with us – again, earthly fathers would be wise to take note of that.
Earthly fathers should do their best to work upon their child’s reason. The old adage “because I said so” is an example of what not to say. Children need answers to the fundamental question – why? It’s always best to use reason so they understand where you’re coming from.
While there’s nothing wrong with setting limits and making it clear where the line is, anything less that proper and compassionate correction is wrong. Make sure they learn about God and His love as well as His ways. Pray for your children – and pray with them. Show them that you practice what you preach. Prayer in the household should be as natural as breathing. God can change the heart, yet He gives His blessing to the good lessons and examples of parents, and answers their prayers.
Fathers who want their children to be rich and accomplished, whatever becomes of their souls, must not look for the blessing of God. That’s not to say a child can not be successful in life – but it is to say the main interest in training up a child should be their spiritual condition. God will lead for all those other things. Seek Him first… then all other things will be added.
God entrusts fathers with precious little ones. When dads introduce their kids to the Heavenly Father, it makes God smile! Remember – when we get to Heaven, God’s not going to ask you about how much money you made or how much cool stuff you had while on earth. He does care about how you raise your children. It’s important to show them Jesus. 🙂