“My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways” (Prov. 23:26).
The Book of Proverbs was inspired by God especially for the young. Solomon and other inspired authors wrote Proverbs “to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth” (Prov. 1:4). The whole book is written with a fatherly voice of correction and guidance.
It is God’s ultimate handbook of down-to-earth parental wisdom.
What is a “proverb”?
The foundational belief of the Book of Proverbs is that this world has a moral order, and God is the creator of that order. Wisdom is learning to recognize that order and live according to it.
A proverb is a short, pithy statement that states a general “rule of thumb” about wise living. Proverbs 10-29 contain hundreds of short proverbial statements, covering a wide variety of topics and situations.
Why are proverbs great for child training?
Many cultures have proverbs. They are coined to be concise summaries of general rules about the way the world works, and often they are used very naturally in conversation. Consider the following English proverbs…
- “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
- “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”
- “When the cats away, the mice will play.”
- “It takes two to tango.”
Biblical proverbs are written in the same spirit: they are short statements that pack in a lot of truth. While all Scripture is useful for teaching and correction (2 Tim. 3:16), the Proverbs are uniquely suited for parents to use with children.
1. Proverbs are ideal for in-the-moment correction and teaching. The Proverbs were written to be memorized and quoted aloud. They are short and can be easily recalled to mind. In an age where attention spans grow shorter and shorter, parents need to be able to say a lot in few words.
2. Proverbs are convincing. They are based on the experiential wisdom of generations. They don’t just tell kids that something is wise or unwise; they state why something is wise or unwise.
3. Proverbs are divinely inspired. When you use the Proverbs, rather than pointing merely to your own authority as a parent, you are pointing to God’s authority. If your children continue to disobey, they do so knowing they are contending with God, not you.
What is Parenting with Proverbs?
Parenting with Proverbs takes 80 proverbs from the book of Proverbs and categorizes them according to specific character traits we want to see in our kids. It then provides you with:
- A description of the “Proverbs Method” of correction
- 14 short family Bible studies connecting the Proverbs to the person of Christ
- Quick interpretations of the proverbs for in-the-moment corrections
- Dialogue questions for your kids
The digital version also includes Scripture-memory cards for every proverb in the book.
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