40 Biblical Principles For Parenting
Good parenting of third culture kids begins with good parenting as a Christian parent. That said, it is surprising difficult to honestly answer the question “What does the Bible teach about parenting?” The Bible simply does not provide much direct instruction for parenting. There are many good and bad examples of parenting in Scripture. But in many cases the good or bad principles are not directly expressed and must be implied from a narrative event or a reference to parenting in comparison to some other interpersonal relationship.
A sister in Christ, Marissa Henley, has done some work for us in compiling a list of “40 Biblical Principles for Parenting.” She has grouped her list into 4 categories:
General Biblical Principles for Parenting
Biblical Principles for Discipline
Principles for How We Should Relate to our Children
Principles for Our Personal Spiritual Growth
There are three types of principles included in this list:
Direct instructions on how to parent
General principles on interpersonal relations that apply to parenting
Parenting practices from the context of the Biblical times that are affirmed as good
Read Marissa’s list and reflect on what may be new to you or in need of reminding.
If you prefer a PDF document with the text of all the Scriptures already included, use this: 40 Principles for Parenting.