I decided to post this not as a father (soon to be hopefully) but as someone who benefited from his parent’s nurturing wisdom when I was young. As a potential father there is a desire to contrain the effects of depravity within the human heart through biblical principles and wisdom. One way of constraining the effects of the fall is by starting early in an individual’s life. I was blessed to have godly parents who bathed me in prayer and in scripture way before I was able to develop conceptual categories for the Gospel as pertaining to life. Pulpit Magazine has laid out some lessons from the Proverbs for parenting. Some of these principles may have to be reserved at a later age but these should prove to be helpful as your children continue to grow in grace.
The book of Proverbs is a wonderful, intensely practical guide that contains much wisdom you can impart to your children as you train them in godly living. For your benefit, we’ve compiled ten lessons from Proverbs you should teach to your children. We’re convinced that, in the process of teaching those ten lessons, you’ll unearth many more principles from Proverbs that will serve your children well their entire lives.
Teach your children:
1. To have a healthy fear of God (1:7; 9:10; 10:27; 14:26-27; 15:16; 16:6; 19:23)
2. To guard their minds (4:23; 23:7)
3. To obey you (1:8; 4:1-4; 6:20-23; 30:17)
4. To carefully select their companions (1:11-18; 2:10-15; 13:20)
5. To control their sinful desires (2:16-19; 5:3-5; 6:23-33; 7:6-27)
6. To enjoy sexual fidelity (5:15-20)
7. To watch their words (4:24; 10:11, 19-21, 32; 12:18, 22; 15:1-2; 16:23; 20:15)
8. To pursue their work (6:6-11; 10:4-5; 22:29)
9. To manage their money (3:9-10; 11:24-26; 19:17; 22:9)
10. To love their neighbors (3:27-29; 25:21-22)