Nobody said parenting was easy. In fact, the majority of parents think it’s more difficult than ever. The task is even more toilsome for Christian caregivers. They are faced with the ever-present challenge of raising children in a secular world, as well as the alarming trends toward apathy, agnosticism and even abandonment of faith by young people. That only increases the importance of children having a strong foundation of Christian upbringing early in life. Here are some ideas to help accomplish that.
Monitor Their Media Consumption
With all the electronic devices children have access to, it’s difficult controlling what they see and experience. It’s as important as ever, however, considering how much today’s media seems to glorify sex, violence and immoral activity. Additionally, children feel increased pressure to conform to society and embrace the same shows and brands as their classmates and friends.
Try to provide children with as many positive shows, movies and music as possible, and help them understand your reasons when you say no to a specific program. Limiting a child’s screen time also helps encourage a healthier lifestyle and may be linked to improved social skills and academic performance.
Make Faith Fun
Hands-on learning is a great way to capture a child’s imagination, so make their religious studies interactive. Using arts and crafts can help them learn Bible lessons while also becoming more creative. Games are another method for engaging children. They learn by having fun, and you’ll have a blast spending quality time with them. Look for Bible word search puzzles online or other activities to get them started.
Be a Role Model
Kids watch everything you do, so there’s no better way to instill Christian values than by exhibiting them in your daily life. Setting a good example will be far more effective than telling them, “do as I say, not as I do.”
These tips will help you raise a Christian child in a secular world. The most important thing a parent can do, however, is love his or her child unconditionally.