A sixth grade Texas teacher sat in a parent conference one spring, hoping to resolve several behavioral issues a boy had exhibited over the course of the year.
Letters home hadn’t made a difference. Phone calls had been likewise fruitless. Over the months of repeated interaction, the student’s mother had agreed that her son needed to change his behavior, while the father repeatedly defended him.
The student’s mother also taught in the district, and she was the teacher’s usual home contact. At the principal’s request, the father also attended the final meeting of the year.
As the conference progressed, the boy’s teacher watched the child’s father repeatedly shift position in his chair, interrupt others, and drum a pencil on the tabletop without realizing he was doing any of those things.
It was a revelation that the nut hadn’t fallen far from the tree.
It’s our job as parents to rein in the nut, to ensure that our children produce fruit that helps them be successful in their lives.
Here are 4 Proverbs for a Good Foundation for Children.
Proverb No. 1:
Proverbs 13:1 says discussing our expectations is a good start.
“A wise son hears his father's instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.”
Proverb No. 2:
Proverbs 1:10 admonishes us to avoid people who influence us to do wrong.
“My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.”
Proverb No. 3:
Proverbs 15:5 tells us we must pay attention to the instructions of our elders.
“A fool despises his father's instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.”
Proverb No. 4:
Proverbs 20:11 says the outcome of our life is our responsibility.
“Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.”
No two children are the same. If we understand ourselves (as adults), we can help our children mature into responsible people.
God has a plan, and our children have a special part to play.
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