IMG_2077How do you grow strong kids? 

Not just physically strong, but morally strong.  Emotionally strong.  Spiritually strong.

My family had the honor of visiting Washington DC last week.  As we stood at Lincoln’s feet or at the WWII Memorial, we were surrounded by wisdom.

In the beautiful Library of Congress, you read these words from Proverbs 4:7:

Wisdom is the principal thing.  Therefore get wisdom and with all thy getting get understanding.

And in Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, I read:

We are a young nation and have a character to establish.  It behooves us therefore to set out right, for first impressions will be lasting.

George Washington was speaking of our young country, but you know, his words are so fitting for young children.

Our kids will establish their character in their early years of life.  It behooves us – it’s our duty or responsibility – to help our kids begin right.

What kinds of activities help a child set out right?

I don’t think popular video games, television, or movies are the answer.

Instead, raising our children to discern right from wrong, using the Bible as our guide will surely lead to life.  A joy-filled life.  A life of liberty and freedom from sin.

Read the Bible aloud with your kids.  A verse at breakfast.  A chapter together every few days.

Pray with your children every night.  Pray blessings over them from the Word of God.  You can pray tonight from Proverbs 4:7, “Lord, bless ____________.  Help her get wisdom and understanding.  May she pursue wisdom all her life.”

IMG_2229This is a Tulip Poplar on Mount Vernon that was planted by George Washington in 1785.  It still stands strong today.

What you build into your child in terms of character will last for generations to come.  Don’t give up.  You are doing one of the most important jobs in the world – being a parent. 



Arlene Pellicane

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