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What has been your experience as concerns this, Proverb 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

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 ---Mima on 10/12/07
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Make the kids go to church until they are old enough to make that decision for themselves. Usually around the age of 18 or 19 yrs old. Until then, they need to know what is expected of them, without questions. Everyone in the household,including the husband,should at least be expected to attend church once a week. If one or both of the parents does not attend church, this might not work out. Kids usually follow the parent(s) examples.Most times they follow the negative example.
---Robyn on 10/23/07

Hi John...the reason so many children who are "brought up right" end up rebelling is because the parents tried to mold them into their own image, kind of like a golden calf they could sit on a pedestal and say, "Look what I did. Aren't You proud of the work of my hands?" I have five children. I know what works and what doesn't. Children react to overreaction on the part of the parent but respond when a parent will listen to them completely.
---Linda on 10/17/07

Children react when parents criticize their actions but respond when parents affirm who they are. The most damage I have ever done was because of suspicion that had no ground in the truth, and all because of MY perception of what I saw with my natural eyes and heard with my natural ears...aka carnal, sensual, demonic wisdom of the world.
---Linda on 10/17/07

At some point, I (and I stress the I) am going to have to believe that all my children are taught of the Lord and great is the peace (undisturbed composure) of them. Composure is of the same root word as "compose" and denotes the putting together of notes that become a harmonized song or words that become a readable book. Great is the harmony, readability, and "togetherness" of my children. Enough said. Selah.
---Linda on 10/17/07

I used to think this meant that the child would not depart, or rebel. When my oldest daughter was 14 she was very rebellious for a couple of years, and I believe that the Lord encouraged me during that time by emphasizing that "when he is OLD he will not depart", meaning they may stray for a time, like the prodigal, but will return. The Lord delivered my daughter from alcohol, drugs and more and now she and her husband love and serve the Lord, to Him be the glory.
---Christina on 10/13/07

Meaning if the parents plant a seed in their children when small, and when they grow up, that seed will remain in them and they won't depart from it. The seed is referring to the word of God.
---Rebecca_D on 10/13/07

You must raise your kids in the faith not just talking a good talk but they must grow and learn to live in Christ and know that the word has power. We as Christians need to get a hold of that. the word is powerful we need to declare our kids and to speak the word over them and live it. Not in bondage but in faith.
---Andrea on 10/12/07

Blessings to you Mima, It is never more important than it is today that children be brought up by parents who teach the principles of the Scriptures. I believe that the most important thing that you can teach your child is the Salvation of his soul. Two of my children have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. One I am not sure about, but I keep him in Prayer. God Bless you Mima!
---Cynthia on 10/12/07

"Teach them the correct values and they will always have them. They may not live by them, but they will know them as long as they live." Yes I agree with this John. Some who wander away from the teachings/values of Christian parents will eventually return to those values. We should continue to pray for our children no matter what they do with their lives.
---RitaH on 10/12/07

"Up" is a dimension, not a direction. To bring children "up" is to bring them to the Christ higher than themselves and bring them to an awareness of the realm of the spirit. That is up, the same way that "up" was when John the revelator was told to "come up here" and immediately he was in the spirit. He heard and saw some things there that don't make any sense at all to the natural man.
---Linda on 10/12/07

I would check a few other versions to get a better meaning of this verse because I've seen many children brought up properly and turn out bad, in the Bible, and personally. I believe it concerns itself with values. Teach them the correct values and they will always have them. They may not live by them, but they will know them as long as they live.
---john on 10/12/07

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