These articles on parenting styles serve as the foundation for developing effective parenting skills. You've probably heard the proverb, "He who fails to plan, plans to fail." Well, believe it or not this idea can be applied to parenting as well. Before you can be a great Christian parent, you need to know what the different parenting styles are. You will need to explore what the Bible says about parenting. It will also be helpful to identify your current parenting style in order to decide if changes are needed.
My husband and I are in no way "perfect" parents. Nor, is it even possible. I'm sure you have already discovered that if you've been a parent very long at all. Only God embodies perfection. But, as Christians it is our goal to align our actions as closely as we can to His.
Proverbs 22:6 should offer great comfort because it literally provides "direction" for Christian parents. The NIV is a translation that many consult. It says, "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it" (NIV). But, I like two other versions as well. The New Living Translation says, "Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it." And, The Message says,"Point your kids in the right direction—when they're old they won't be lost." These verses capture beautifully the goal of a Christian parent: to set our children on a path to being productive Christian adults.
The following articles will help accomplish this goal. Don't strive for perfection. Just determine to be more Christ-like.
This article looks at one classification that is often used to characterize ways parents rear their children. Where do you fall within this system? Find out by clicking the link here.