At the young age of twelve, Jesus appears to have had a clear idea of the direction his life was heading in. (Luke 2:49)
But for most children, the proverb that states their heart is full of foolishness holds true. (Prov. 22:15)
How can parents, Bible teachers, or mentors help their kids progress in wisdom?
Past suggestions from Watchtower articles include:
- Take the time to teach him/her how to distinguish right from wrong
- Teach them the value of will power
- Be consistent
- Teach them to manage money
- Teach them how to act appropriately/respectfully toward different people
- Do not withhold discipline
- Give reasons for rules
- Give reasons for the way you do certain things
- Be kind, warm and understanding
- Try to make chores fun for them
- Gradually help them take on responsibilities outside of home
- Encourage them every chance you get
- Only rebuke when absolutely necessary, but include something positive
- Listen to him/her patiently
If there is an important child in your life, would he/she say you need to work on any of these things?
Though neither we nor the children we teach are perfect, Jehovah’s counsel is.