Special thanks to our friends at Family Christian for sponsoring this conversation. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
The moment I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I began scouring the web for baby groups filled with other mothers to be. I spent hours upon hours reading through the seemingly endless compilations of knowledge (and sometimes nonsense), in order to find the information that I wanted to know. And I wanted to know it all; “How to teach”, “How to discipline”…etc. etc. I sought for confirmation that every pain that I felt was normal. I sought information on how much weight I should gain. I looked up, in a nutshell, just about everything. Every time the doctor gave me a bit of information, I went home to look it up and see what other mothers thought about it. Did they agree? Now my oldest child is 6, and I still find myself googling things to see if they are “normal”, or to gauge the opinions of other parents who had dealt with the same things.I recently found myself searching for “How To Raise A Christian Child”.
If you’ve reached this post, maybe you’re searching for something as well. Maybe you stumbled across it on Social Media… or perhaps you did a Google Search for “How To Raise A Christian Child” or something related. Maybe you’re curious. Maybe you’re wondering what type of nonsense I’m going to spew, so that you can comment and let me know how foolish it is to think that three simple steps would allow you to raise a Christian child.
However you arrived on this post about how to raise a Christian child … I’m glad you are here!
So often we seek confirmation from our peers on what we should be doing as parents. We might look at other families in our church and think “Wow, they really have it together,” or (hopefully not) the opposite. The thing is, we’re all doing the best we can to raise our children. It isn’t easy, and every child isn’t the same. There are, in fact, three things that you can do to raise a Christian child.
Here they are:
Teach Them The Word
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
It’s never too early to introduce a child to the word of God. The bible is not only the best guide for you on how to raise a Christian child, it’s filled with lessons that will guide your children in the right direction as well. Stores like Family Christian offer a surplus of age appropriate books, movies, and supplies. My daughters love reading the Bible Storybook, which breaks some of the key stories in the bible down to short stories that keep a child engaged. It also has beautiful illustrations, which the girls love.
Encourage A Love Of Christ
“All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.” Isaiah 54:13
What does it even mean to raise a Christian child? To me, it means to raise a child whose heart is filled with a love for Christ. Get your child excited about Christ, and find a church home that does the same! I remember growing up I was often bored in church and had a hard time following along. My daughters, on the other hand, attend children’s church and have a blast! I’m always amazed when my oldest tells me what she’s learned after Sunday service. It makes me so happy that she is able to have the message delivered to her in a way she can understand and articulate. They get excited to go to church each Sunday, and that makes me excited as well! Another excellent way to encourage a love of Christ is to lead by example. Your children are always watching. Your love of Christ should radiate from you, and encourage them!
Teach Them To Pray
“Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.” Psalms 8:2
Prayer can be a struggle point with many Christians. Some don’t know what to say, and for others it just feels awkward. On your journey to learning how to raise a Christian child, this will be an ongoing lesson. The thing is, like anything else, it takes practice. The more you pray, the more comfortable you get with speaking to God. Teaching and encouraging your children to pray at an early age can help them build that confidence early. My husband and I often find it inspires and encourages us to hear that things that come “from the mouths of babes”.
Remember, while these steps will point you in the right direction… the answer to “How to raise a Christian child” should first be sought in the bible itself. I encourage you to study the verses I’ve listed above and expand your reading on them. By all means, feel free to leave comments below as well. It truly does take a village to raise a child, and I’m happy to have you as part of mine!