Parental Guidance Message Series
PARENTAL GUIDANCE : RAISING AMAZING KIDS
Part 3 – Eight Principles to Prepare Your Children for Life (2)
(Luke 2:52)

January 29, 2023
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

 

INTRODUCTION

Luke 2:52 Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and with man.


1. PROTECT YOUR KIDS
IN LIFE’S STORMS.

A. Proverbs 14:26 Reverence for the Lord gives a man deep strength; his children have a place of refuge and security.

B. Storms that come into our child’s life:

1. Change.

2. Failure.

      • Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Two are better than one. If one of them falls down the other can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls, it’s just too bad, because there is no one to help him.

3. Rejection.

      • Mark 3:25 A home filled with strife and division destroys itself. (Jesus)

2. TRUST YOUR CHILDREN WITH RESPONSIBILITY.

A. Luke 16:10,12 Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much, 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? (NIV)

B. One of the greatest jobs of parents is to slowly and appropriately teach their children how to take on age-appropriate responsibilities and stand on their own two feet.

C. The one characteristic that demonstrates maturity at the highest level is responsibility.

D. Galatians 6:5 We are each responsible for our own actions.

3. BUILD FOREVER MEMORIES.

  • Deuteronomy 4:9 Only be careful and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

4. PLAY WITH YOUR KIDS FOR FUN.

A. Psalm 127:3 Children are a gift from God…

B. Make fun memories with your kids in which you are relaxed and not looking at your phone.

C. Someday things are going to be a whole lot different. The kitchen will be neat. The sink won’t be full of sticky dishes. The refrigerator won’t be clogged with nine bottles of milk, and you won’t lose the tops to the jelly jars. When all that happens, you will be both glad and sad. Learn to enjoy now.

5. GIVE YOUR CHILD A PEACEFUL HOME.

A. Every family is dysfunctional in one way or another. There is no perfect family. They are no super people. None of us have a peaceful home all the time. Sometimes we have conflict and have to forgive and ask forgiveness. None of us do everything right. That is real life.

B. At the same time, every child needs a peaceful home.

C. What do I mean when I say a peaceful home?

1. Discipline that doesn’t include yelling.

2. Boundaries, but not too many rules.

3. A place where their friends are totally welcome to hang out.

4. For those of you who are married, a mom and a dad who have finally learned how to accept each other’s differences and love each other.

5. A place where there is freedom from comparison to other siblings.

6. A place where kids can be themselves and they don’t have to pretend to be someone else just to please their parents.

 

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