1. Buy the Truth: Get wisdom for parenting by making the Bible your rule of faith and fellowship with God the top priority of your day (Proverbs 23:23; James 1:5).
2. Bond your Marriage: Edify your spouse and secure your special relationship in order to solidify the foundation of your family (Psalm 11:3; Malachi 2:14).
3. Build Relationships: Capture the heart of your children so you can share your heart with them (Proverbs 23:26; 17:25).
4. Back Biblical Standards: Establish rules in your home and match them to biblical principles (Psalm 127:1; II Timothy 3:16-17; Proverbs 22:6).
5. Boost Character: Set character goals for your children that align with Scripture. (Proverbs 22:1; I Timothy 6:11; Proverbs 31:10).
6. Be the Example: Set the example of godly Christian conduct and character (I Timothy 4:12).
7. Bolster Faith: Establish a family altar that provides a time and a place for family worship (Joshua 24:15).
8. Become their Teacher: View yourself as a teacher of your children (Proverbs 22:20-21; Proverbs 22:6) that provides direction in the application of truth (Proverbs 4:11), administers discipline for the practice of sin (Proverbs 22:15), fosters development of godly habits (II Timothy 3:14-15), and reveals the dividends of righteous living (Galatians 6:7).
9. Be Ready: Parents must already have the Word of God locked in their own heart and must always be prepared to share a biblical principle in a multitude of unforeseen situations often on a moment’s notice (I Peter 3:15).
10. Believe: Trust the Lord as you capitalize on your God-ordained responsibilities as a parent and foster the opportunities of your children to make a lasting impact on this world, starting first with your own family and expanding to horizons yet unknown (Deuteronomy 6:4-6; Ephesians 6:4; Proverbs 3:5-6).
If you’d like to dive deeper into these suggestions, you’ll find all of them discussed in detail in these articles:
Parenting: The Biblical Perspective
Parenting: The Biblical Principles
Parenting: The Biblical Practice
The Heart of the Parent-Teacher: The Importance of Connecting Truth