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By Johann Christoph Arnold

Bargains mom and dad useful knowledge at the key to potent schooling: discovering the guts of every baby. The booklet comprises chapters at the unborn baby, the 1st 5 years, the older baby, the transition into maturity, parenting, while youngsters endure, and the position of grandparents.

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In my experience, it must be established well within the first four years. In most families with young children the task will fall to the mother, since she is the one most likely to be at home with them during the working day. A husband should always do his part to support his wife’s authority, but it is imperative that she establish it in her own right as well, Teaching Respect 26 and insist on respect and obedience from her children in every instance. At times this can be easily done, simply by appealing to (or affirming) the natural love of the child, or by guiding him or her with a gentle word.

There is no better time than the weeks before Christmas, for instance, to read together the wonderful Old Testament prophecies of the coming Messiah (and to introduce them to Handel’s Messiah), or to talk about the angel who appeared to Mary, the hosts that announced Christ’s birth, and the guardian angel that each child has him­ self. In the same way that children relate to the story of Christmas, they can also understand something of the meaning of Easter: the suffering of Jesus, of Mary, and the disciples, and then the joy of the resurrection.

Whether through grace at mealtimes or prayers at bedtime, urge them to thank God for all they have — for parents and family, friends, a roof over their heads, clothes, food, and safety. Remind them, too, that not all children have what they have, and open their eyes to the needs of others. Assure them that God is their father and that he is accessible to each of us, whether old or young. Finally, teach your children by reading to them from the Bible. As they grow older, encourage them to learn important passages by heart, and point out how this or that verse can provide a rock on which to stand later in life, especially during difficult times.

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