Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
My daughter seems to be at an age where she copies most things she sees. At 3.5 she repeats things I say, follows me around the house and acts out things she has seen myself or her papa do. I currently work 2 days a week and my husband works the other 3 days a week. It is a blessing that one of us is always home for our two young children.
Claudia knows that if I am home, then papa is at work. And if papa is home, then I am at work – at least for the weekdays! It isn’t uncommon to now hear her saying to us (with her little bag resting on her shoulder): “Bye! I’m going to work now.”
It most often causes a little chuckle and a smile. I have since asked her what she does for work. And she has responded that she works on computers. I guess she sees me on this contraption often enough!
Our behaviours are bound to influence our children. If we spend too much time on the computer, they will consider this the norm for everyone. If we work, they will expect that they in turn will grow up and do the same. If we sit at home and eat too much, refuse to work, drink too much and don’t contribute to society or our relationship with God, then they will also consider this to be the normal thing to do in life.
As a wealthy Christian, be sure to teach your children good financial values. Teach them about the value of work. Remind them that you need to buy food and other essentials – they aren’t free! Teach them about giving into your local church. In all that you do, allow your child the chance to learn and to imitate you.