As a Christian parent, there are some important virtues that I want my boys to have before they graduate from high school. I want my boys to have faith, goodness, knowledge (general and spiritual), self-control, perseverance, godliness, affection for the church, and love (2 Peter 1:5-7).
As a Christian parent, it is my duty to make sure my children have the best opportunities to know those virtues and apply it to their life. Attending church, being around mature Christians, will help my children know these virtues, but I cannot rely on the church or the members of the church to raise my children right. I am their father, and it is part of my identity to raise them down the right path.
A few weeks back I wrote on the subject of starting a hobby with your child and how, right now, is the best time to start. Starting a hobby with your child isn’t just about finding something fun to do together, but it can also be a great opportunity to have an activity where virtues can be taught.
Maybe your hobby is a sport. Great! That would a great time to teach perseverance, and self-control.
Maybe it’s some craft or art. Great! That would be a great time to teach knowledge.
Whatever the hobby, you can find some time for teaching moments about a godly virtue. Can you still have fun? Yes, but make sure to take the opportunities to teach as well. Just don’t simply make the outing a time-waster, but instead make it a character builder.
What are some virtues that you would like your child to learn before they graduate high school?