Parents are Teachers

Professional teachers are a huge blessing. They work hard and deal with a lot of tough stuff as they educate our kids. As we start a new school year, we say a big thanks to all our teachers!

Did you know, however, that if you are a parent, you are a teacher as well? It’s true. In fact, God set things up so that the primary teachers for each child are mom and dad. The parents are the ones who are there from the beginning and for all those years to come. And God has given them an important charge: Teach.

It’s hard work, but it’s really good work. Think of the moments when the project is completed (much slower because the son helped and asked a lot of questions the whole time), and he says, “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how to build this. I love doing these things with you.”

It’s super exhausting, but it’s so worth it. Think of how grateful the freshman college student is when, after all those years of complaining about chores, she calls home and says, “Mom, thank you so much for showing me how to wash the dishes and do laundry. My roommates don’t know how to do it, so I’m teaching them! You taught me everything I know.”

If you’re a parent, you’ve lived longer than your kids. You have more experience, knowledge, and wisdom. You don’t know everything, but you have plenty of life skills to pass on.

Most of all, your kids need you to teach them about Jesus and the forgiveness of sins.

Teach. Instruct. Your kids will thank you one day.

“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching” (Proverbs 1:8).

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