Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Can I pour out my heart for a minute?
As a rookie in the parenting department, this verse has been on my mind ALOT lately. Kendall is still little and is just starting to recognize and learn. Our number one job as parents will be to train her. We are still figuring out what this training will look like in our home.
Leading her to Christ is the ultimate goal. Not only to salvation but to the knowledge that you can live a satisfied life while serving God and trusting 100% in his word. Even more than just the knowledge of these facts, but a desire to fulfill these.
In the Jones' house we do believe in discipline, even more specific spanking, gasp, quick call DCS. And although I can see how training and discipline run hand and hand, I'm talking about specifically about training.
While I was pregnant I read the highly controversial book, To Train Up a Child. I remember having mixed opinions. Some of the ideas from the book I thought were great. A few of the them I remember thinking they were to harsh for our family. I really need to reread it because I can't specifically remember many of the details.
Although, Michael is the head of our home, as a stay at home mom a lot of the training will be left at to me. I have several thoughts and ideas but they are all unproven. And I know better than to blog that I'll be doing this and that, only to discover later that this and that aren't so cool. :)
So my question to my dear bloggy friends...what "training" did you do (or are currently doing) with your kids? I would love to hear what was effective and not. I would love to hear from older and young moms and everyone in between. It's time to come out of the wood works. Even if you have never commented before, I'd love it if you'd take 2 minutes to do so, then you can go back into hiding.
Maybe I can do an update post next week with your suggestions. :) I can wait to gain from others experiences.