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A virtuous woman prepares her children for marriage. Proverbs 31 begins with the words, “The words of King Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him…” The mother of King Lemuel was concerned for the future happiness of her son. She wanted him to know what to look for in a wife. 

As your child grows he or she needs a firm foundation in which to build his future life. Often the heart speaks louder than our own inner voice of wisdom. Butterflies in the stomach, a racing heart, sweaty palms… all have an impact on the decisions we will make when choosing a life mate. 

Years ago, a young woman who was raised in a strong Christian home told me, “Never date a boy unless he has the qualities you want in a husband.” She went on to explain that once a connection has been made, once the emotional heart strings have been pulled, it is so much harder to make a wise decision or even break off a relationship. 

This is so true! Teach your children not to fall head over heels in love with just anyone, to pray for a Godly man or woman to come into their lives. Teach them what to look for in a person who could be a potential spouse. Some questions to ponder might be:

- Is he a Godly man? Is she a Godly woman?

- Does the way he presents himself portray the image I want to portray?

- Does he exhibit reckless behavior?

- Do we hold the same doctrinal beliefs?

- Is he industrious and a hard worker?

- Is he trustworthy and loyal?

Do not neglect teaching your children the importance of choosing the right person. Falling in love is wonderful! Teach your child to choose wisely who he will date. He will be less likely to have his heart broken.

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