Helping Your Children Learn to Read the Bible on Their Own

  • Shira Garnett

    Very nice share. Excellent easy to apply methods to follow, as it can be a task within itself to encourage our children to desire the sincere milk of the Word. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips. Blessings to you always.

  • Shira Garnett

    Very nice share. Excellent easy to apply methods to follow, as it can be a task within itself to encourage our children to desire the sincere milk of the Word. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips. Blessings to you always.

  • Shira Garnett

    Very nice share Grace. It is quite hard at times to get our children to desire the sincere milk of the Word. As you have made these steps and tips to help along with this process a possibility, we can use these to apply to the task of training our children to read the Bible. Thanks for sharing. Blessings to you.

    • Thanks very much Ma.
      I think its also wise to depend on God’s leading when training our kids. I pray this tips will be a helpful start for anyone who wants to work with it.
      Thank you for your encouragement.

      • iCanThinkAndIDoThink

        Teach them to cross reference. If what Paul says is confusing then see what Peter & John & Mark say on the topic. Study aids either separate or in a column next to the text will let them check it out. When Paul refers to the prophets, there are cross references in some Bibles to allow you to read what Paul is touching on briefly or referencing.

        Explain the Jewish law about more than one witness is needed to condemn a man & likewise, that where the Bible seems to contradict itself, it does not & this confusion is cleared up by cross referencing or going into the manuscripts by using a Strong’s to get at the meaning of the original language.

        Topical studies can introduce this idea. Faith is not just believing but believing in it enough to do something about believing it & to rely upon it. The definition of the Greek word often used for Faith is a good first study. Hebrew words might go into English or another language & split off into 5 words. God’s ‘loving kindness’ IS a complex thing in the Hebrew; it is sometimes translated as righteousness so this Hebrew word combines hlines & compassionate love & righteousness. The covenant relationship between God & his people is revealed when you see that tender mercy & righteousness & judgement (which is not always condemning but sometime vindication & even praise) are all tied together in one Hebrew word. The word fear/revere is the other half of the covenant with God’s people.

        One must read in context. The prophet is delivering God’s words & sometimes God is mocking & sarcastic. Sometimes a human says something & the human is not telling it like it is & this does not make the Bible as a whole OR that verse untrue.

        One can have different translations, at different reading levels, & study aids in the Bible or in separate books. These can help & these must be tailored to the child’s age & comprehension. When a child gets curious, show him how to look deeper.

        There a Bible app for the cell phone with many translations. I like it & it is almost as convenient as having your favorite translations open side by side in paperback form. But I would caution the adults to tell the child that the comments that can be flipped to & the videos are not as authoritative as a reliable translation of the Bible.

        Tell the child what Paul said which I will paraphrase here & pull together from different verses.
        Paul says in essence ~~~>Always be ready to give an explanation of this bizzare to some folks (idea that we Christians have of a creator God who wants to be our best friend who can not be seen or proven scientifically &) our hope that we have to live forever (when some folks say you are born, get wrinkles, & then die, the end) & be ready to explain to them why we say the dead are not dead & that we have a comforter in the holy spirit & why we fear/revere God more than man. They think it strange that when you become a Christian, you cease to do certain things that the crowd thinks IS great & every one says should be allowed or done.

        That is why we should study. We need to know for ourselves & Paul/God says we should be able to explain it to others. Before the folks could read like we do, there were 3 times a year, when folks went to Jeruselem & they heard the word & the Levites taught it. Tell the kids that now that most every one can read, God expects us to know what he said; God expect more from us since we can read.Tell the kids that is why he protected his word so it is still around when lots of books are lost, gone forever when the last copy was burned or left out in the rain & rotted or whatever.

        • Thank you very much Eastlyn for this beautiful contribution.

          And yes it is important that we teach our children God’s words so that they can have an answer to give when their faith is questioned, and God expects us to do so.

          Usually, Psalms, Proverbs, the writing of Paul, Peter, John is always my fav place to go when I feel bored reading other books. I have also noticed that kids love them too, as they are very practical and easy to go with.
          But since reading the entire scripture is important, it is always wise to craft a way to teach the other books of the Bible in an easy, interesting way to our kids.

          Thanks for coming around.

          • iCanThinkAndIDoThink

            Agreed we need to be familiar with all the books & to read the books & the passages within in context. I might start a beginner with John & proverbs. I came late to an in-depth study of the Bible & wish I had as a twenty year old had an interest in studying. The more one reads the more one knows the more it is revealed how the whole thing fits together but this is not a quick study. That cos why the Word us Said to be living for with the help of the Holy Spirit we keep getting new insights & more in-depth understanding. That is just one reason the Word is said to be living.

    • Thanks very much Ma.

      I think its also wise to depend on God’s leading when training our kids.
      I pray this tips will be a helpful start for anyone who wants to work
      with it.

      Thank you for your encouragement.

  • Shira Garnett

    Very nice share Grace. It is quite hard at times to get our children to desire the sincere milk of the Word. As you have made these steps and tips to help along with this process a possibility, we can use these to apply to the task of training our children to read the Bible. Thanks for sharing. Blessings to you.

    • Thanks very much Ma.

      I think its also wise to depend on God’s leading when training our kids.
      I pray this tips will be a helpful start for anyone who wants to work
      with it.

      Thank you for your encouragement.

  • Deb Palmer

    I especially like the “lead by example” point. I did not raise my children Christian but have been given a second chance with my grandchildren. My eldest grandson (17), seemed to be getting bored with the Bible so I recently got him started with a devotional that leads him through different scriptures. I think it has helped a lot.

    • Thank you Ma for your contribution. God always gives second chances to do better than we did before. Its really good to help our younger ones to build a good relationship with God.
      Thank you for stopping by.

    • Thank you Ma for your contribution. God always gives second chances to
      do better than we did before. Its really good to help our younger ones
      to build a good relationship with God.

      Thank you for stopping by.

  • Deb Palmer

    I especially like the “lead by example” point. I did not raise my children Christian but have been given a second chance with my grandchildren. My eldest grandson (17), seemed to be getting bored with the Bible so I recently got him started with a devotional that leads him through different scriptures. I think it has helped a lot.

    • Thank you Ma for your contribution. God always gives second chances to
      do better than we did before. Its really good to help our younger ones
      to build a good relationship with God.

      Thank you for stopping by.

  • Karen

    I tell my kids that it’s more important to get something out of your reading than it is to reach some arbitrary goal. So instead of reading one chapter or try to read through the Bible in a year, read until something impacts you and then stop to let God speak. The goal is to know Him, not to check off a to-do list! thanks for these reminders!!

    • Very true Karen, it is more important to know God than just to fulfill some ‘religious’ rule that makes us feel good about ourselves. But on the other hand, from my experience as a child, I always had the goal of reading my Bible through in a year. I may not have understood anything I read then, but one thing I learned was the habit of reading my Bible everyday. That Habit had been formed deeply in me so that by the time I grew up, gave my life to Christ and began to have some understanding of the Scriptures or hear God speak to me; I didn’t struggle to read my Bible everyday and didn’t wait to be told or reminded. It became part of me.
      So I think, if we make our children form the habit of reading the Bible whether or not they understand it, it will help them when they grow. I think there is no harm in that.

      I appreciate your stopping by and your comment…

    • Very true Karen, it is more important to know God than just to fulfill some ‘religious’ rule that makes us feel good about ourselves. But on the other hand, from my experience as a child, I always had the goal of reading my Bible through in a year. I may not have understood anything I read then, but one thing I learned was the habit of reading my Bible everyday. That Habit had been formed deeply in me so that by the time I grew up, gave my life to Christ and began to have some
      understanding of the Scriptures or hear God speak to me; I didn’t struggle to read my Bible everyday and didn’t wait to be told or reminded. It became part of me.

      So I think, if we make our children form the habit of reading the Bible whether or not they understand it, it will help them when they grow. I think there is no harm in that.

      I appreciate your stopping by and your comment…

      God Bless you.

    • Courtney Dimmitt

      Karen, I was just about to say the same thing, but then saw that you already did! 🙂 When I study the Bible, I keep a running list of topics that jump out at me and i select my next area of study from that list. When I pick the area of study for my kids (they’re still a bit too young to do it on their own), I try to pick something that is a direct application into their lives. For the time being, we choose topical instead of textual studies. After we finish up the next two or so, I might ask my Little Man what he wants to study. Right now I’m in my second pass through the Exodus and the Tabernacle. My Breakfast with the Bible (with the kiddos) is a study on the fruits of the spirit.

  • Karen

    I tell my kids that it’s more important to get something out of your reading than it is to reach some arbitrary goal. So instead of reading one chapter or try to read through the Bible in a year, read until something impacts you and then stop to let God speak. The goal is to know Him, not to check off a to-do list! thanks for these reminders!!

    • Very true Karen, it is more important to know God than just to fulfill some ‘religious’ rule that makes us feel good about ourselves. But on the other hand, from my experience as a child, I always had the goal of reading my Bible through in a year. I may not have understood anything I read then, but one thing I learned was the habit of reading my Bible everyday. That Habit had been formed deeply in me so that by the time I grew up, gave my life to Christ and began to have some
      understanding of the Scriptures or hear God speak to me; I didn’t struggle to read my Bible everyday and didn’t wait to be told or reminded. It became part of me.

      So I think, if we make our children form the habit of reading the Bible whether or not they understand it, it will help them when they grow. I think there is no harm in that.

      I appreciate your stopping by and your comment…

      God Bless you.

    • Courtney Dimmitt

      Karen, I was just about to say the same thing, but then saw that you already did! 🙂 When I study the Bible, I keep a running list of topics that jump out at me and i select my next area of study from that list. When I pick the area of study for my kids (they’re still a bit too young to do it on their own), I try to pick something that is a direct application into their lives. For the time being, we choose topical instead of textual studies. After we finish up the next two or so, I might ask my Little Man what he wants to study. Right now I’m in my second pass through the Exodus and the Tabernacle. My Breakfast with the Bible (with the kiddos) is a study on the fruits of the spirit.

  • Karlene Arthur

    What a great post, Grace. Very practical advice for parents.

    • Thank you very much Karlene for stopping by.

    • Very true Karen, it is more important to know God than just to
      fulfill some ‘religious’ rule that makes us feel good about ourselves.
      But on the other hand, from my experience as a child, I always had the
      goal of reading my Bible through in a year. I may not have understood
      anything I read then, but one thing I learned was the habit of reading
      my Bible everyday. That Habit had been formed deeply in me so that by
      the time I grew up, gave my life to Christ and began to have some
      understanding of the Scriptures or hear God speak to me; I didn’t
      struggle to read my Bible everyday and didn’t wait to be told or
      reminded. It became part of me.

      So I think, if we make our children form the habit of reading the Bible
      whether or not they understand it, it will help them when they grow. I
      think there is no harm in that.

      I appreciate your stopping by and your comment…

    • Thank you very much Karlene for stopping by.

  • Karlene Arthur

    What a great post, Grace. Very practical advice for parents.

    • Very true Karen, it is more important to know God than just to
      fulfill some ‘religious’ rule that makes us feel good about ourselves.
      But on the other hand, from my experience as a child, I always had the
      goal of reading my Bible through in a year. I may not have understood
      anything I read then, but one thing I learned was the habit of reading
      my Bible everyday. That Habit had been formed deeply in me so that by
      the time I grew up, gave my life to Christ and began to have some
      understanding of the Scriptures or hear God speak to me; I didn’t
      struggle to read my Bible everyday and didn’t wait to be told or
      reminded. It became part of me.

      So I think, if we make our children form the habit of reading the Bible
      whether or not they understand it, it will help them when they grow. I
      think there is no harm in that.

      I appreciate your stopping by and your comment…

    • Thank you very much Karlene for stopping by.

  • iCanThinkAndIDoThink

    Teach them to cross reference. If what Paul says is confusing then see what Peter & John & Mark say on the topic. Study aids either separate or in a column next to the text will let them check it out. When Paul refers to the prophets, there are cross references in some Bibles to allow you to read what Paul is touching on briefly or referencing.

    Explain the Jewish law about more than one witness is needed to condemn a man & likewise, that where the Bible seems to contradict itself, it does not & this confusion is cleared up by cross referencing or going into the manuscripts by using a Strong’s to get at the meaning of the original language.

    Topical studies can introduce this idea. Faith is not just believing but believing in it enough to do something about believing it & to rely upon it. The definition of the Greek word often used for Faith is a good first study. Hebrew words might go into English or another language & split off into 5 words. God’s ‘loving kindness’ IS a complex thing in the Hebrew; it is sometimes translated as righteousness so this Hebrew word combines holiness & compassionate love & righteousness. The covenant relationship between God & his people is revealed when you see that tender mercy & righteousness & judgement (which is not always condemning but sometime vindication & even praise) are all tied together in one Hebrew word. The word fear/revere is the other half of the covenant with God’s people.

    One must read in context. The prophet is delivering God’s words & sometimes God is mocking & sarcastic. Sometimes a human says something & the human is not telling it like it is & this does not make the Bible as a whole only that verse untrue.

    One can have different translations, at different reading levels, & study aids in the Bible or in separate books. These can help & these must be tailored to the child’s age & comprehension. When a child gets curious, show him how to look deeper.

    There a Bible app for the cell phone with many translations. I like it & it is almost as convenient as having your favorite translations open side by side in paperback form. But I would caution the adults to tell the child that the comments that can be flipped to & the videos are not as authoritative as a reliable translation of the Bible.

    Tell the child what Paul said which I will paraphrase here & pull together from different verses.
    Paul says in essence ~~~>Always be ready to give an explanation of this bizzare to some folks (idea that we Christians have of a creator God who wants to be our best friend who can not be seen or proven scientifically &) our hope that we have to live forever (when some folks say you are born, get wrinkles, & then die, the end) & be ready to explain to them why we say the dead are not dead & that we have a comforter in the holy spirit & why we fear/revere God more than man. They think it strange that when you become a Christian, you cease to do certain things that the crowd thinks IS great & every one says should be allowed or done.

    That is why we should study. We need to know for ourselves & Paul/God says we should be able to explain it to others. Before the folks could read like we do, there were 3 times a year, when folks went to Jeruselem & they heard the word & the Levites taught it. Tell the kids that now that most every one can read, God expects us to know what he said; God expect more from us since we can read.Tell the kids that is why he protected his Word so it is still around when lots of books are lost, gone forever when the last copy was burned or left out in the rain & rotted or whatever.

    • Thank you very much Eastlyn for this beautiful contribution.

      And yes it is important that we teach our children God’s words so that they can have an answer to give when their faith is questioned, and God expects us to do so.

      Usually, Psalms, Proverbs, the writing of Paul, Peter, John is always my fav place to go when I feel bored reading other books. I have also noticed that kids love them too, as they are very practical and easy to go with.
      But since reading the entire scripture is important, it is always wise to craft a way to teach the other books of the Bible in an easy, interesting way to our kids.

      Thanks for coming around.

      • iCanThinkAndIDoThink

        Agreed we need to be familiar with all the books & to read the books & the passages within in context. I might start a beginner with John & proverbs. I came late to an in-depth study of the Bible & wish I had as a twenty year old had an interest in studying. The more one reads the more one knows the more it is revealed how the whole thing fits together but this is not a quick study. That is why the Word us Said to be living for with the help of the Holy Spirit we keep getting new insights & more in-depth understanding. That is just one reason the Word is said to be living.

  • Vexy

    So whats the best age to start brainwashing them ?

    • iCanThinkAndIDoThink

      Vexy
      If you consider getting children to read the Bible brainwashing then why are you on a site where in this discussion Christians are talking about teaching their beliefs to their own children?
      If you think getting kids to read the Bible is brainwashing, then, why are you here?

      I believe the problem is actually the reverse of what you say: I believe Christians who can’t or Won’t read the Bible for themselves will gladly follow twisted doctrines that are not from the Bible but from the head of some dishonest so-called Christian leader & the antidote to this poison is reading one’s own Bible.

      But just in case your query is sincere but badly worded. Transmitting one’s sacred beliefs should be done early. What you phased as brqinwashing would be termed giving the kids a grounding in their own culture & then the kids are more grounded & of course critical thinking & questioning is part of the teaching of the Bible.

      Vexy I hope your rest of the day is good.

      PS
      & you left off an apostrophe if you want to leave this comment of yours up, you might want to fix that.

      • Vexy

        Im here because you recomended it.And I believe I have as much right to post here as yourself.My posts are never prrfect especially when using my phone.But I can live with it.I think it is brainwashing to impose your beliefs on anybody and especially children.Any children.

        • iCanThinkAndIDoThink

          1 parents or guardians of children impose beliefs on children by setting chores, by saying you must learn this & you must meet this standard in this area.
          2 not all Christian parents teach Bible or Christian standard in a not-to-be-questioned authoritarian way. A quick scan of the posts on this comment section shows they are not forcibly indoctrinating but seeking to interest the child. If the parents or guardians were forcibly indoctrinating or forcing the child to at least do lip service to what the parent believes, then this site & the comments would be useless, for enforcing the do not sass me approach, the shut up & do not ask questions approach, the I said it that’s why, the God hates doubter approach folks are not here. Those folks might be who you are against.
          3 It was not personal invite, but more a way to get here more easily on a cell phone that sometimes acts rattled like z football player who is just bow standing up saying duh duh huh & yeah both of us hate the grammar Nazis.
          4 so were you forced to read the Bible?

          • Vexy

            My post wasnt even aimed at you or anyone in particular. (nobody has answered it either) Where do you draw the line with kids ? I think its wrong to brainwash no matter how gently its done. I think its wrong to fill their heads with storys of virgin mothers people dying then coming back to life.Its going to confuse them when they get more aware. Its dishonest and unproven anf at best a nightmarish story.But thats why if you get to them early they accept it easier.
            No I wasn’t brainwashed.I was given a kids bible which I never read.

          • iCanThinkAndIDoThink

            Brainwashing is never gently done. Cults that brainwash use sleep deprivation & sometimes changes in diet. Brainwashing is employed by pedophiles and is also called grooming. Brainwashing in an inflammatory term & a derrogatorry term & you can check that in a dictionary. A young or inexperienced person might innocently say brainwashing & mean no offense; a well read person or some one taken for well read by their speech or writing will be considered intending to be rude. Also it is an inexact term so if you define what you consider brainwashing or give examples of what is or is not brainwashing that would help.

            However when you use the word which is almost always meant as an insult & more importantly to me by using that word which is inexact, you will cause folks to wonder if you came to pick a fight or more importantly to wonder what exactly you mean by brainwashing. There is a discussion on Disqus about when is it wrong or harmful to impose one’s beliefs on one’s children? That is where this would be on topic.

          • Vexy

            I’m of the opinion that its brainwashing.Your not.But thats ok.
            But dont tell me where or what to post unless you own the place now.
            And from where I stand you are the one getting all out of shape telling me not to post here.

          • iCanThinkAndIDoThink

            I do not own this site of course. I never told you could not be here. I said it was a little impolite looking like if you offered me a hamburger at your house & I said “I hate meat. Meat eating is wrong. ” & then you might sincerely say to me ” so why did you come to my how to cook hamburgers class? ”
            There is a channel on Disqus that is new & they are discussing just like I said when is it wrong or hurtful to share one’s beliefs with one’s children & I thought it might interest you. I hope you have a good night .

          • Vexy

            Hamburgers will spoil your figure anyway.

    • kirk hersey

      from birth

      • Vexy

        I thought so.
        Just like dancing bears.

        • kirk hersey

          And tooth faries and easter bunnies. We teach them theoretical characters. Why? To inspire and teach concepts in an accepting environment, even if the characters may or may not be fictional. Hope, and something magical to get us through, even in the darkest of times.

          • Vexy

            At least the tooth fairy gives you money.

    • Hi Vexy, I had to ignore other threads to reply you from here.
      Just like Eastlyn rightly said. Teaching your children your beliefs is not brainwashing. For me its like creating a path for them to follow.
      As a christian, I would like my kid to grow up building their principles on the word of God, not just anything they see or hear around them.
      Look at it like, when you go to school to learn a particular discipline, it is not brainwashing, you are being taught.

      Please if you have a Bible, find time an read the following verses: Proverbs 22:6, Deuteronomy 11:19, Deuteronomy 4:10, Proverbs 29:15, Proverbs 13:24, Deuteronomy 6:7, Philippians 4:9.

      The best time to teach a child whatever you want them to grow up with is from infant.

      God bless your heart.

      • Vexy

        With respect Grace you are sugar coating it but i agree with what you are saying up to the point where the bible is involved. Teach your kids to read Yes. Because its important. Teach them core values, manners, respect and everything that they need in life but let them decide if they want to believe or not.
        And do you really think kids want to read bibles. There is not much fun to be had reading that.Its not a laugh a minute. The thought of a 6 year old quoting the bible leaves me cold. I’m sorry but i won’t be reading those passages as i have developed an intense dislike of anything religious since talking about it so much on here.

  • Vexy

    So whats the best age to start brainwashing them ?

    • iCanThinkAndIDoThink

      Vexy
      If you consider getting children to read the Bible brainwashing then why are you on a site where in this discussion Christians are talking about teaching their beliefs to their own children?
      If you think getting kids to read the Bible is brainwashing, then, why are you here?

      I believe the problem is actually the reverse of what you say: I believe Christians who can’t or Won’t read the Bible for themselves will gladly follow twisted doctrines that are not from the Bible but from the head of some dishonest so-called Christian leader & the antidote to this poison is reading one’s own Bible.

      But just in case your query is sincere but badly worded. Transmitting one’s sacred beliefs should be done early. What you phased as brqinwashing would be termed giving the kids a grounding in their own culture & then the kids are more grounded & of course critical thinking & questioning is part of the teaching of the Bible.

      Vexy I hope your rest of the day is good.

      PS
      & you left off an apostrophe if you want to leave this comment of yours up, you might want to fix that.

      • Vexy

        Im here because you recomended it.And I believe I have as much right to post here as yourself.My posts are never prrfect especially when using my phone.But I can live with it.I think it is brainwashing to impose your beliefs on anybody and especially children.Any children.

        • iCanThinkAndIDoThink

          1 parents or guardians of children impose beliefs on children by setting chores, by saying you must learn this & you must meet this standard in this area.
          2 not all Christian parents teach Bible or Christian standard in a not-to-be-questioned authoritarian way. A quick scan of the posts on this comment section shows they are not forcibly indoctrinating but seeking to interest the child. If the parents or guardians were forcibly indoctrinating or forcing the child to at least do lip service to what the parent believes, then this site & the comments would be useless, for enforcing the do not sass me approach, the shut up & do not ask questions approach, the I said it that’s why, the God hates doubter approach folks are not here. Those folks might be who you are against.
          3 It was not personal invite, but more a way to get here more easily on a cell phone that sometimes acts rattled like z football player who is just bow standing up saying duh duh huh & yeah both of us hate the grammar Nazis.
          4 so were you forced to read the Bible?

          • Vexy

            My post wasnt even aimed at you or anyone in particular. (nobody has answered it either) Where do you draw the line with kids ? I think its wrong to brainwash no matter how gently its done. I think its wrong to fill their heads with storys of virgin mothers people dying then coming back to life.Its going to confuse them when they get more aware. Its dishonest and unproven anf at best a nightmarish story.But thats why if you get to them early they accept it easier.
            No I wasn’t brainwashed.I was given a kids bible which I never read.

          • iCanThinkAndIDoThink

            Brainwashing is never gently done. Cults that brainwash use sleep deprivation & sometimes changes in diet. Brainwashing is employed by pedophiles and is also called grooming. Brainwashing in an inflammatory term & a derrogatorry term & you can check that in a dictionary. A young or inexperienced person might innocently say brainwashing & mean no offense; a well read person or some one taken for well read by their speech or writing will be considered intending to be rude. Also it is an inexact term so if you define what you consider brainwashing or give examples of what is or is not brainwashing that would help.

            However when you use the word which is almost always meant as an insult & more importantly to me by using that word which is inexact, you will cause folks to wonder if you came to pick a fight or more importantly to wonder what exactly you mean by brainwashing. There is a discussion on Disqus about when is it wrong or harmful to impose one’s beliefs on one’s children? That is where this would be on topic.

          • Vexy

            I’m of the opinion that its brainwashing.Your not.But thats ok.
            But dont tell me where or what to post unless you own the place now.
            And from where I stand you are the one getting all out of shape telling me not to post here.

          • iCanThinkAndIDoThink

            I do not own this site of course. I never told you could not be here. I said it was a little impolite looking like if you offered me a hamburger at your house & I said “I hate meat. Meat eating is wrong. ” & then you might sincerely say to me ” so why did you come to my how to cook hamburgers class? ”
            There is a channel on Disqus that is new & they are discussing just like I said when is it wrong or hurtful to share one’s beliefs with one’s children & I thought it might interest you. I hope you have a good night .

          • Vexy

            Hamburgers will spoil your figure anyway.

    • kirk hersey

      from birth

      • Vexy

        I thought so.
        Just like dancing bears.

        • kirk hersey

          And tooth faries and easter bunnies. We teach them theoretical characters. Why? To inspire and teach concepts in an accepting environment, even if the characters may or may not be fictional. Hope, and something magical to get us through, even in the darkest of times.

          • Vexy

            At least the tooth fairy gives you money.

    • Hi Vexy, I had to ignore other threads to reply you from here.
      Just like Eastlyn rightly said. Teaching your children your beliefs is not brainwashing. For me its like creating a path for them to follow.
      As a christian, I would like my kid to grow up building their principles on the word of God, not just anything they see or hear around them.
      Look at it like, when you go to school to learn a particular discipline, it is not brainwashing, you are being taught.

      Please if you have a Bible, find time an read the following verses: Proverbs 22:6, Deuteronomy 11:19, Deuteronomy 4:10, Proverbs 29:15, Proverbs 13:24, Deuteronomy 6:7, Philippians 4:9.

      The best time to teach a child whatever you want them to grow up with is from infant.

      God bless your heart.

      • Vexy

        With respect Grace you are sugar coating it but i agree with what you are saying up to the point where the bible is involved. Teach your kids to read Yes. Because its important. Teach them core values, manners, respect and everything that they need in life but let them decide if they want to believe or not.
        And do you really think kids want to read bibles. There is not much fun to be had reading that.Its not a laugh a minute. The thought of a 6 year old quoting the bible leaves me cold. I’m sorry but i won’t be reading those passages as i have developed an intense dislike of anything religious since talking about it so much on here.

  • kirk hersey

    Teaching them to read anything all together is a task in its own. I feel like if you lead by example they will follow. Children have a very unique trait. Copycat. They will do as you do. Forcing someone even if it is a child, will push them away. If a child has no interest in a specific Topic, not just religion, it is because they have not witnessed it to be something acted upon regularly. My son makes the same noise I do when I yawn simply because he instinctively want to be like mom or dad. Children do not have as much concern with personal decisions as much as adults do.

    • That’s very true Kirk. Children like to do everything they see you do.
      It is therefore important that if we want our children to grow to love the Lord and His words, we must have to afford them the opportunity to learn from our lifestyle.
      Thank you for sharing.
      I hope to you comeback soon.

  • kirk hersey

    Teaching them to read anything all together is a task in its own. I feel like if you lead by example they will follow. Children have a very unique trait. Copycat. They will do as you do. Forcing someone even if it is a child, will push them away. If a child has no interest in a specific Topic, not just religion, it is because they have not witnessed it to be something acted upon regularly. My son makes the same noise I do when I yawn simply because he instinctively want to be like mom or dad. Children do not have as much concern with personal decisions as much as adults do.

    • That’s very true Kirk. Children like to do everything they see you do.
      It is therefore important that if we want our children to grow to love the Lord and His words, we must have to afford them the opportunity to learn from our lifestyle.
      Thank you for sharing.
      I hope to you comeback soon.

  • These are great reminders! I have two toddlers and they’re beginning to mirror me more and more everyday! I definitely need to make sure I am a good role model for them when it comes to staying in the Word!

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