Although the scripture encourages parents to teach their children in the ways of the Lord so that when they grow older it would not depart from them. Proverbs 22:6. However in reality this is not always the case right? You can still do everything to teach a child to be upright but they sometimes have their own ways of deviating. Well, there is no justification not to do so simply because a child would have its own mind anyway, the point is that you would have equipped the child with a compass to find their way back when they are lost. God’s teaching is all about love, kindness, mercy, forgiveness, caring for one another, indeed these are all good attributes, every child always need the guidance of their parents, a child doesn’t know what is wrong or right. Children are always going to learn about the world around them, if they don’t learn from their parents or guardian, they will learn from someone else and they may learn the wrong things, parents must own the responsibility and spend quality time with their children wisely.
Throughout the scripture God is clear about the responsibility he places in the hands of parents, none is more clearer than Deuteronomy 6:6-7, “these commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts, impress them on your children, talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up”. It is possible that doing all this may not guarantee an expected outcome, but God has given us the responsibility by placing children in our care, we must therefore prepare them for this wicked world like soldiers going into a war, equip them with the knowledge of God, and whether they turn out good or “bad”, they will always have what it takes to navigate through the difficult challenges life places on their path.