1) The evening meal, spent together as a family, is a time commissioned by God. Throughout the Bible the sharing of bread is recognized as a time of communication that goes more deeply that the passing conversations of the day.
Try spending dinnertime in prayerful silence by candlelight one evening. On another night discuss a Bible story such as the story of Jonah. Dinnertime can be a wonderful time to experience a sense of connection.
2) "Honor Thy Father and Mother" is a commandment frequently referred to by Christian parents. Many modern children are disrespectful and rude to adults. Yet, Christian children are learning at home that respect is something to be shown to all adults because it is God's law. Violating God's law is something children should see as a fearful thing.
Talk about the 4th commandment. When children are being disrespectful, say "Remember the 4th" and they will know it's time to stop whatever they are doing.
3) Christian children grow up loving the stories of Christ. Stories have an incredible power for children. Christian families pay attention to the memorable stories that are implanted in children's hearts.
Try turning off the TV except for a few select programs. TV implants stories that are often contrary to God's word. It's better for children to listen to Bible stories told spontaneously. At Christmas and Easter, ask the children to act out these beautiful stories.
4) The Bible says, "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (1John 2:15) This applies to the consumerism of today's culture. Christian families need to pay attention to limiting our consumption.
Many modern children receive too many "things" at birthday and holiday time. Encourage them to pack up excess toys and give them to needy families. Consider making symbolic gifts to give each other on these ocassions.
5) Gratitude and prayer are daily expressions of our love for the Father.
Make sure you make time to pray with your children. Say morning and evening prayers. Pray in times of crisis. Point out the beauty of God's creation often.
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