Parenting by the Book

Nov 27, 2013 | Uncategorized

Considered one of America’s foremost parenting experts, John Rosemond shared parenting advice for Mount Vernon families during a recent Parent University session. Rosemond, known for his weekly column in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and for many best-selling books, focused his talk on how families should lean upon biblical scripture when raising children.
Rosemond says today’s parenting includes a high involvement model, one in which parents focus entirely too much on their children, solving problems for them and not allowing kids to learn through trial and error. He encouraged families to embrace the idea that humility and modesty are key traits of happy and successful children. Remarking that the most important value kids must uphold is to honor and obey their mothers and fathers. Instead, he says families are behaving the very opposite–allowing their children to set rules, negotiate, and to control family decisions. Rosemond went on to say he has been going across the country these last several years, and “ringing a bell of alarm” imploring parents to change their approach and be the authority in their homes.
During his talk he referenced many verses from The Bible which are listed below. In addition to his talk, Rosemond sold several of his books and DVDs.
Leaning on Biblical teachings, he emphasized four verses:
Deuteronomy 6:7– You are the authority in your child’s life.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Genesis 2:24-Remember your role as a husband and wife must be paramount to the roles of being a father and mother.

That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Proverbs 22:6 Be purposeful, have a plan. Aim at a picture of what you want your child to be.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:15  Be the authority in your child’s life.
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.

Ephesians 6:4 Bring your child up according to God’s instruction.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.