Make Your Children Proud Of You
“Parents are the pride of their children.” Proverbs 17:6 NIV
The famous biographer Boswell tells of a day when his busy father took him fishing. Later when he read what his dad wrote in his journal, he was devastated: “Went fishing with my son; a day wasted!”
If you want your children to be proud of you:
(1) Protect them. Guard them physically when they’re young, and emotionally as they mature. Teach your son to respect girls, and interview the guys who date your daughter. Be sure to check out what they (and you) watch on TV, and especially the increasingly dangerous influences of the internet.
(2) Listen to them. Don’t be like the kid who told his mom, “I’m gonna be just like dad when I grow up. My eyebrows are already growing together, and when people talk to me I don’t listen.” Listening builds a lifetime bridge to your child’s heart.
(3) Be affectionate with them. Nothing builds security and self-worth in your kids like holding them. If you grew up without expressions of affection, make sure they don’t.
(4) Discipline them. But go one step further, model self-discipline in your own life. Don’t just preach, live it!
(5) Be fun to be around. Show your children your lighter side. Don’t be so preoccupied with work or church that you’re a bore. “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance” (Pr 15:13).
(6) “Walk the walk.” Former atheist Lee Strobel says: “When I became a Christian my five-year-old daughter said, ‘Mommy, I want God to do for me what He’s done for daddy,'” and she gave her life to Jesus. Make Christ attractive to your children, and they will be drawn to Him.
– from a daily devotional