We teach and teach and teach our kids…but have you ever asked yourself what does the Bible say about teaching youth and children?
As Christian homeschool moms we often get caught up in our daily school activities: teaching core academic subjects such as writing and arithmetic, science and history, or even music and art. We understand the importance of teaching these subjects. We also understand how important it is to teach God’s Word to our kids.
But why is teaching important, and what does the Bible really have to say about our role as both moms and teachers?
But what does the bible say about teaching youth and children?
On today’s podcast, I want to cover this topic by giving you a few scriptures to think about and ponder in the weeks to come as you set out on the daily task of raising, loving, and teaching your kids.
Know that God has a plan for your kids and for your family.
Your availability is important to your family and your teaching is not in vain.
During this month of February, I want to focus on love: loving our families and ourselves and creating an atmosphere and environment of love in our homes.
Truly honoring God means taking care of the beautiful blessings He’s placed in our lives. Those blessings often come in many different forms:
- our families
- hobbies and skills
- opportunities to serve
- opportunities to be a friend and a support system
- abilities to do things well- such as cook, offer someone a ride or give an encouraging word
Today, we talk about the blessing and the enormous duty of being a mother through the lens of God’s Word.
What does God have to say about not only mothering our kids- but the art of teaching our children?
Let’s dig in…
What does the bible say about teaching children?
Show them the way.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6.
If you’re teaching your kids, you are showing them the way to go. This means our attitude towards our kids should be “Do as I do” and not so much “do as I say”.
Showing them the way means we have to model for our children, giving them a path to follow. We show them what to do and how to do it, then we watch them copy us.
That’s ultimately what we want: to show our children how to do life.
For example, whenever you choose to have a family bible time or bible study together, you are giving your kids a great experience to role model.
You are showing them what they can hopefully pass down to their future families and next generations.
Teach your children with diligence.
There is a verse that sums this all up:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deut. 6:5-7
What does it mean to be diligent?
It means to assert our energy until we have accomplished the task before us. Raising up our kids is probably the most diligent task we can pursue!
We are to press in, giving our kids the best of what we wish to pass down- and do it with all of our hearts: diligently.
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Teach your kids all the time.
If you thought teaching was a five-day-per-week thing…think again. We are teaching our kids around the clock- all day long. But as a homeschool mom, I’m sure you already know that!
Here’s a scripture that proves just how often we are to teach our kids
You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deut. 11:19
As homeschool moms, we are always teaching our kids, no matter what we are doing. Even if we are not intentionally teaching or not even saying a word, just by our actions we are teaching them life lessons.
We don’t get a break from teaching!
Give your kids correction when needed.
How should we correct our children? I believe the answer is “with love”.
Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. Proverbs 13:24
We also shouldn’t be afraid to withhold correction.
Do not withhold discipline from a child. Proverbs 23:13-14
It’s so important that we give our kids consequences. We should always follow through with correction when it’s needed.
Teach them to honor and submit to authority.
This verse reminds me that teaching our kids to honor authority is so important today in our culture of dishonor.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Ephesians 6:1-3
Although our kids have an opinion and should be encouraged to have a voice, we also need to be clear about boundaries.
We should show them not to cross the line so that they keep their integrity wo honor and submit to authority.
Teach them to honor our teachings.
What happens when our kids despise our ways? When they dishonor us? When they turn their backs on us?
We feel dishonored.
One of our constant prayers as moms of faith should be that the Lord would help us to teach our children to honor what they are being taught.
Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Proverbs 1:8
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Colossians 3:20
We’re teaching them in order that they will please God ultimately. We want them to have a long life and enjoy their lives so much easier because of their obedience.
Teach them to run to God for everything.
I’m so glad that I can turn to God for any and everything! I want my kids to know that they can also.
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14
Teach our kids to trust in God and run to Him for everything they need.
Also, God accepts them and has a purpose for them. As Christian homeschool moms, we can cultivate a sense of importance inside of them our children should have.
They should know how important they are, how needed they are, how loved they are.
I hope this podcast has blessed you! Please don’t forget to pick up your free printable to place on your wall or your teacher-binder.
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I hope this encourages you to keep on teaching your kids!