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What The Scriptures Say About Parenting

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Parenting in these latter-days is no easy feat. Everywhere you look, people are promoting different parenting styles, techniques, diets to feed your children, different products to buy, and more! There are so many ways to parent and it can be insanely overwhelming. One way you can set yourself up for success is to look to God’s word for parenting inspiration. Here is some of what the scriptures have to say about parenting.

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

We have been taught that the children born in this time were made for this time, for these latter-days. In teaching them the truth of the gospel, we give them a firm foundation to fall back on. When they are armed with truth, as they grow they will know how to navigate life.

Doctrine and Covenants 68:25

And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, when eight years old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents.

This is a hard one to hear, but it’s true! If we do not raise our children in the gospel and teach them these important eternal truths, we as parents are held responsible in the eyes of God.

Mosiah 4:15

But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.

This is one that you can start early and do by example! Make a point to show love and serve others in front of your children, and include them in that service.

Alma 56:48

And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.

When the sons of Helaman were going to war, they were scared of the battle to come but relied on the faith of their mothers to keep them going. We all have struggles and doubts, so will our children. Having steadfast faith and being an example, our children can fall back on us in their times of spiritual hardship.

3 Nephi 17:21

And when he had said these words, he wept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them.

After speaking to the Nephites, Jesus blessed and prayed for all of God’s children. When in doubt, pray for your children. Each of your children have different strengths and weaknesses. Many times it can take a different approach to parent each of your children. Praying for each one individually will help you feel inspired in how to help them, teach them, and love them.

Ephesians 6:4

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Paul gave this counsel to the Ephesians in the New Testament. The way I interpret this would be to not use fear or anger as a tool to get children to understand or obey. Rather, follow the Lord’s example in being firm, but gentle. Pray for inspiration to see what this means for parenting your child.

What are scriptures that help you as a parent?

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Brenna Hoffman
Brenna Hoffman
Brenna resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two small children. She is a stay at home mom and works as a photographer and writer. When she's not chasing around her littles, she enjoys watching '90s sitcoms with her husband, shopping at Target, and eating anything with marinara sauce.

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