Using Life's Teachable Moments to Train Your Children

"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it" (Proverbs 22:6). Deuteronomy 6:6-9 tells fathers to impress God's commands on our children and "talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road." When we're alert, life brings countless opportunities to teach our children an eternal perspective on life, money, and possessions. One night years ago when they were six and eight, my daughters asked me to play the popular board game called The Game of LIFE. I had seen and heard about it but had never played it. Someone had loaned the game to the girls and they had been playing it on and off for a few days before they decided to teach Dad how to play.

As the game progressed and I started to catch on, I was amazed at how accurately it reflected our society's materialistic mindset. One of my girls expressed disappointment when she landed on a space that made her a teacher rather than a doctor or lawyer -- despite the fact that in real life she wanted to be a teacher! Why the disappointment? Because it meant she would receive a lower salary the rest of the game. And money, after all, is what LIFE (and for many people life) is all about.

[Read the rest of the article at For the Family.]