When to Begin the Child's Training

We brought Lucy home from the hospital on a Sabbath morning. That very night found us rocking our newborn and reading to a sleeping infant. We sang a few simple Scripture songs between stories and ended with prayer. Thus began the habit of morning and evening worship for our family.

 

“The word “education” means more than a course of study at college. Education begins with the infant in its mother’s arms. While the mother is molding and fashioning the character of her children, she is educating them.”1

 

Each morning starts with a morning prayer, reading Bible stories or books about values or animals. During breakfast time, we listen to Bible story recordings. In the car, we listen to Scripture songs. When there are opportunities, I retell Bible stories, talk of the wonders that Jesus made and elaborate on their applicability and meanings. At nap time, we read more stories and pray. At night, we again read Bible stories and other nighttime books, sing a few songs and finish with prayer.

 

“Parents send their children to school; and when they have done this, they think they have educated them. But education is a matter of greater breadth than many realize: it comprises the whole process by which the child is instructed from babyhood to childhood, from childhood to youth, and from youth to manhood. As soon as a child is capable of forming an idea, his education should begin.”2

 

Before she turned two years old, Lucy already knew several Bible stories by heart – David, the Youngest Boy was her absolute favorite followed closely by Moses and Naaman. She also had quite an impressive repertoire of Sabbath School and Scripture songs. Her favorite toys were stuffed animals and insects – plastic insects!

 

“The work of education and training should commence with the babyhood of the child; for then the mind is the most impressible, and the lessons given are remembered.” 3

 

There is no greater feeling than to witness the sprouting of the Word of God which you have tirelessly planted in your child’s heart. But the journey has just begun.
 

 

© 2010, C. Gillan Byrne



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1White, E. G. (1954/2002). Importance of the Home School (Chapter Title). In E. G. White Publications (Eds.), Child Guidance (p. 26, ¶1). Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald Publishing Association.

2White, E. G. (1954/2002). Importance of the Home School (Chapter Title). In E. G. White Publications (Eds.), Child Guidance (p.26, ¶2). Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald Publishing Association.

3White, E. G. (1954/2002). Importance of the Home School (Chapter Title). In E. G. White Publications (Eds.), Child Guidance (p. 26, ¶3). Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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