Am I Parenting Correctly?

Published on September 17, 2020 by Andrea Schwartz

The Bible talks of the older Christians helping and guiding younger ones as they raise their families.  As someone who has gone through the years of raising children, I have a special place in my heart for the Canterbury families and the task they face. I remember well the questions that would sometimes haunt me: 

Am I parenting correctly? 

What if I make mistakes? 

Will my children be okay?

I must admit, that as a parent, I made my share of mistakes, but because of a gracious God, I confessed and repented and He cleansed my errors and allowed me to move on.  While there are many things I regret, I will never regret providing my children with a Christian education, nor giving them the opportunity to grow up alongside other Christian children from Christian families.  This helped them acquire an “identity” that would serve them as they faced the opposition of a world which hates Christ.

When the Scripture says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it,” there are a number of ways to interpret this

As a

  1. Promise
  2. Prescription,
  3. Warning. 

I believe all three apply.  If children are trained from the earliest age in God’s commands, there is the promise of blessings.  If parents take this to be the blueprint of how to raise their children, they will be diligent in seeing that they stay on the straight and narrow path.  If they view it as a warning, they will realize that letting their children make their own rules and disregard God’s law will result in bad outcomes into adulthood. 

Canterbury partners with our families to honor the Lord by raising up godly members of His Kingdom.

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