How does Christian parenting differ from typical parenting? Pretty much like any other, except for reinforce religious children to go on Sunday school and Christian summer camp? Teaching children to obey authority? The choice to send children to a Christian boarding school with a lengthy history of devout evangelical Christian teaching? These are all natural ways that come across in the study of Christian parenting.
The underlying principle of bible based Christian parenting is that God is the author of the trinity. This means that all of God’s rule and authority come from him through his church. The bible teaches that Adam and Eve were created in the garden of Eden as the first parents of their children. They had no sexual contact until Adam and Eve sinfully slept together. God raised a son in whom he later died, and this Jesus is the second person of the trinity, the second person of God, who came down from heaven.
While there are many forms of fundamentalism and fundamental beliefs in the bible, most forms of Christian parenting lean more to the values and discipline of the classical fathers of the church. These fathers would not approve of extreme measures such as child separation or divorce. The classical fathers also did not support allowance and favored submission through the wearing of dresses and tutus.
In bible times, parents were more closely involved in their children’s daily lives. Biblical parenting is more involved in the day to day discipline of the child. Often parents work long hours to support their families. This can be extremely demanding on family finances. Christian parenting is designed to provide a framework within which the parent and child are able to work together in harmony towards a common goal. A Christian parenting plan will often seek to find a middle ground where the child enjoys some structure and the parent gets some personal time with the child.
A common characteristic of Christian parenting is a desire for consistency. Children require consistent quality time and parents need to make sure they set firm boundaries for their child. Setting firm boundaries is very important because children of today are so dependent on their parents that they can sense when one parent isn’t happy or giving them fair treatment. Setting firm boundaries helps both parents feel connected to each other and ultimately gives both parents peace of mind.
A key aspect of any Christian parenting plan is to incorporate the teachings of the bible into daily life. Learning how to discipline your child through bible principles and teaching them the Word of God will help alleviate many of the problems that many troubled families have today. Christian parenting is an idea that is rooted in centuries of Christian education and values.