Memorise: When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt. Matthew 2:14
Parenting is about raising children. There are several responsibilities and activities involved in it. These can both interesting and challenging. It is one thing to be a father or a mother but its another thing to be a parent. While any normal human being can be a father or mother, parenting requires responsibility. Implicitly, an irresponsible father or mother is not qualified to be a parent. Good parenting denotes the ability to being up children in the fear of God. This not child’s play.
The first thing to note about good parenting is that it is an act of obedience to a biblical injunction. Proverbs 22:6 says:
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Are you a parent or planning to be one? You are required to train up your child in the right way to go. Parenting could be good, smooth, interesting, inspiring, fruitful and highly rewarding when it occurs within a family – a Christian home. This is a place where the husband, wife and children live together in love and peace, devoted to God and to each other. Conversely, parenting is bad, frustrating, destructive, unfaithful and punitive in an ungodly family. The nearest thing to hell on earth is the ungodly home, broken by sin and iniquity. It is a place where children are given to the forces of wickedness and are brought up with scarcely any training at all. Is your family a Christian Home or an ungodly one? Children are the heritage of the Lord and should be brought up in the fear of God. The key person in carrying out this responsibility is the father. Joseph in Matthew 2:14 demonstrated this by taking care of the young Jesus and his mother. Are you a father? It is your duty to care for every member of your family. Children learn by precepts and examples. They learn to either love God or dishonour Him from your disposition to God and to the things of God. They also learn from the way you treat their mother. Are you a father? It is your duty to love, honour and respect your wife. Let the children know that you respect their mother and hold her in high esteem. Stop scolding your wife. Appreciate your wife’s efforts in keeping the house, in caring for you and the children and for going through the vexing things that come along with the daily duties of home life. Reward your wife as much as you can. The most reliable partner is parenting is the mother. Are you a Christian mother? It your duty to be submissive to your husband and his leadership role. You should respect and admire your husband, and be a good home keeper.
For good parenting, both husband and wife should work hard to appreciate each other as they did in courtship. The spirit of courtship should continue throughout married life.