Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers, Session 3 As parents, we are exposed to all kinds of ideas of how to parent our children. They come from everywhere: family traditions, pop-culture, and the church. In this session, we look at the goals that are impressed upon us and compare them to our Biblical mandate, to see if they hold up to the scrutiny of the Bible.
Tripp suggests an all-encompassing goal that we can use to focus our view of life and the training of our children. It is the first question and answer from the Shorter Catechism:
Q. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.
This lays out a Biblical worldview before our children.
Tripp writes, “From their earliest days, (our children) must be taught that they are creatures made in the image of God – made for God. They must learn that they will only ‘find themselves’ as they find him. Your child must grow to see that real living is experienced when he stands before God and says, ‘Who have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you (Psalm 73:25).’ If this is what you want for your children, then you must ensure that the content of everyday life fits this objective.”