“Train up a child in the way he should go, and he will not depart from it.” This simple Biblical principle applies to every person that has influence on a child’s life. The parents, other family members, the educational system and the church have the responsibility to teach each child the correct way to live and give them the knowledge needed to become successful adults. They need both knowledge and character to achieve any good goal they may make.
Too often children are torn between different teachings. At home they get one example of how to live and gain the knowledge (whether correct or not) that the parents have. At school they may be taught different social behaviors and receive knowledge contradictory to what they have been given elsewhere. The children end up having to decide for themselves what is right and what is wrong, many times coming to the wrong conclusions. The ideas of absolute truth get lost in the conflicting feelings; because of this, children begin to form their own truth suitable to what they want to believe and how they want to live.
“Suffer the children unto me, for such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Jesus shows us the importance of children; to not cast them off as insignificant. Each child needs to know that they are significant and why. They need to know that they have an eternal future and can inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. Today’s children can have a good eternal future but they are also the future of our country. It is a parents duty to form the child’s mind to help them determine purpose and significance. Without purpose all the knowledge in the world wouldn’t make any child successful. When children understand why they are important, then there will be a good foundation to build all other character traits, social skills and knowledge on. Through this process parent can produce highly productive and good citizens.