Parents as teachers first, and not entertainers. Pushes the priority to fill the young minds we’ve been given with knowledge and not just “fun”. We cuddle, we snuggle, we tickle, we make funny faces, we joke, and we play. All of this and more is what a parent does, but to not teach and instruct the young heart is a tragedy. They start off so young and with so many questions, showing their desire to know this world they live in. They ask “what is that?”, or “why?”. They want to be filled with knowledge, as a parent we are the first ones asked these questions.
Jesus said, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old.” (Mat 13:52) Therefore the wise parent, the head of the household, stands with years of experience and wisdom, ready to teach from things old and new. Ready to give instruction in the knowledge of God. Ready to talk about things to come and already experienced. Ready to give warnings about what lies ahead, and to give insight into current events. Parents as teachers, can specifically tailor “lessons” because they know their child better than anyone else, so warnings and instruction can be deeply personal and of the utmost benefit.
Parents as teachers, are rocking the proverbial cradle, they are raising up one for the next generation and they know they’re instruction and nurture is key for shaping this individual. This parent steals moments big and small, to fill the void in their child’s heart. Parents as teachers, teach from lessons found in the rocks and nature to lessons experienced even with the parent that day.
This parent sees the big picture and knows 18 years will be gone soon, along with their little one. This parent knows that there is always a competition of knowledge battling for a place in the child’s heart. So lovingly and eagerly, they work to speak words that are easily understood, words that bring life and build the little one up.