Parent's Day is a national observance, celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July, to increase awareness of parental responsibilities. This day celebrates the efforts of parents and encourages all Americans to show appreciation for their own parents. On October 14, 1994, President Bill Clinton signed the “National Parent's Day" bill into law. But what is the importance of Parent's Day? The quote from legislation says, “All private citizens, organizations, and governmental and legislative bodies at the local, state and federal level are encouraged to recognize Parent's Day through proclamations, activities and educational efforts in furtherance of recognizing, uplifting and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children. " The role of a parent is to guide, teach, care for and interact with their child. In today's society, some parents want to be “friends" with their children first and “parents" last. This cannot be, because children need a role model, which the parent should be, and obtain friendship from their peers. Don't get me wrong, a parent can be “friendly" and “friend-like", but girl or boyfriend, No! God tells us how we should raise our children, so that they will grow up as godly individuals. Along with loving God and being a godly example by committing ourselves to His commands, the bible says we need to “Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again. Tie them to your hands as a reminder, and wear them on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. " (Deuteronomy 6:7-9) This scripture teaches us that by following Gods commands, we should teach our kids that worshipping God should be done at all times and not just on Sunday.
We need to ask ourselves if we are good godly parents? Our children learn more from watching us than direct teaching. So we must be careful of what we say and do. Proverbs 19:18 says “Discipline your children while there is hope. If you don't, you will ruin their lives. " Children who grow up undisciplined feel unwanted and unworthy. They will also lack direction and rebel as they get older. And will also have no respect for authority or God. Discipline should be a balance of love, because God realizes that discipline is painful. I also believe it's important to involve your children in the church and ministry when they are young. By introducing a bible-based church to your children will teach them how to study the word. You can discuss what's going on in their lives and relate them to the stories of the bible, which will answer difficult questions that only the bible will be able to answer. Proverbs 22:6 says “Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it. " Even though we as parents are human and make mistakes, if we keep God's love and word in our hearts, He will give us the reassurance that we are good “godly" parents to our children.
Wanda is a wife and mother and contributing author of EzineArticles.com. She has been writing about God and spirituality for over 20 years and has researched the bible and its history. Wanda also specializes in christian poetry and children books and believes and teaches that regardless of a person's background or their mistakes of the past, God has a place for them.
She is the publisher and bestselling author of “Kids Ask The Darndest Things About God And The Beginning- Answers From The First Five Books Of The Bible" available at http://www.ball-publications.com or http://ww.amazon.com
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