As a Christian mama, I have always tried my best to teach my children good, wholesome Christian values which will serve them throughout their lives. There are so many wonderful values which we can choose from our faith to teach children, many of which they will of course learn through life but it is our job as parents to instill some faith-based values.
I chose 5 key values which I wanted to teach my children and I wanted to talk to you a little about which I chose, and how I taught them to my kids.
Faith in God
At the very heart of any of the values which you will be teaching your children is having faith in God. Without God, none of these values would hold as much weight and it is though your child’s faith, that they can learn to live a good Christian life. I taught my children their faith through God practice, involving ourselves in the church family and worshipping together.
Giving respect is something that we are taught to do by the teachings of the Gospels and it is something which children must learn from an early stage. Giving respect as a Christian is not only about respecting authority but also respecting one another as well as ourselves. I taught my children how to respect with the teachings of God and through open and honest dialogue with them.
Compassion and Kindness
In line with respect, is compassion and kindness and as good Christians these are values which we must always uphold. Jesus was a man who showed great kindness and compassion throughout his life and we must all endeavor to do the same. In order to teach your children these values I think that is best to involve them in charitable works, let them see those less fortunate and encourage them to help.
Patience is something which can be difficult to teach children who want to do everything right this second, but through the teachings of the Lord we ca achieve it. It is important that Christians show patience in every aspect of our lives and if you are able to teach your children this at an early stage, you can help them to be better Christians. I like to tell my children stories and tales of those who won out through patience in order to inspire them.
Loyalty is a characteristic which can greatly improve anyone’s life, especially a Christian. Through loyalty your children will be able to form a stronger connection with God, better relationships throughout their life and enable them to become a far more rounded individual. In order to teach loyalty you should tell your children such stories about the apostle Thomas the Doubter amongst others. Try to encourage your kids to see the best in things and overlook insignificant matters.
Through loyalty to the faith, showing kindness and patience to others, children can really begin to live the values of a good Christian lifestyle.