January 16, 2013
How to Raise Happy Kids
by Robin Ogle
Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
(Love God’s Word)
He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
(Trust in the LORD)
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
(Immediate, Joyful, Obedience)
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the
chastening of the Almighty
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but
they shall speak with the enemies in the Gate.
He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor,
happy is he.
(Care for others)
Now that you have a list of Biblical principles on how to raise happy children. Here are some practical suggestions for you to incorporate:
1. Jesus First
a. Plan your schedule around the church’s schedule.
b. Have family devotions daily.
c. Brag on God and His goodness.
d. Talk about Jesus daily.
e. Point out God’s workings in your family’s life.
f. Take your child soul-winning and visiting for the church.
g. Participate in a ministry together.
2. Love God’s Word
a. Purchase a Bible for your child.
b. Read the Bible together as a family.
c. Memorize scripture together as a family.
d. Let your child see you read the Bible.
e. Treat the Bible with respect.
f. Make sure everyone has their Bible at church each service.
g. Listen to scripture songs on tape.
h. Listen to preaching tapes.
i. Decorative frame Bible verses and hang them around your home.
3. Trust in the Lord
a. Encourage prayer for everyday needs.
b. Let your child know how God’s answers your prayers.
c. Be an example of trusting the Lord during life’s trials.
d. Teach your child to love their preacher and seek his advice.
e. Make family decisions based on the Bible and Godly council.
4. Immediate, Joyful, Obedience
a. Realize how your child obeys you is how they will obey God someday.
b. Start training to obey when they recognize their name.
c. Combine training with praise.
d. Teach your child what the Bible says about obedience.
e. Don’t give your child the choice of disobedience.
f. Don’t assume they know anything.
g. Be an example of immediate, joyful, obedience in your life with all authorities.
5. Biblical Correction
a. Study the Bible to see what God has to say about correction.
b. Decide how, when, and where you will correct your children.
c. Train your children daily so they will know which offence will warrant correction.
d. Be consistent in your correction.
e. Never correct in anger.
f. Teach the proper attitude during and after correction.
g. Never correct a child for being ‘childlike’.
6. Family Unity
a. Eat as many meals together as possible.
b. Select DVD’s everyone can watch together at a planned time.
c. Be each other’s cheerleaders.
d. Stay close and positive during trials.
e. Remember: Family First
f. Work together.
g. Have planned fun time together.
h. Go on a family vacation each year.
i. Have special traditions for birthdays, holidays, and other times of the year.
j. Stay in contact when your child leaves home.
7. Care for Others
a. Children will be less selfish if they realize everything belongs to dad.
b. Be helpful to the elderly.
c. Teach your child to write thank you cards, and to say thank you.
d. Use the phrase, “What are you giving for Christmas?”
e. Weekly cook, back or otherwise give to others.
f. Pray for others.
g. Donate hand-me-downs.
h. Invite folks over for dinner.
i. Collect missionary dimes.
j. Never allow negative or critical talk.
k. Don’t allow gossip.
l. Teach the phrase, “They do not have a preacher who loves them.”
m. Our faith does not make us better or more loved by God.
n. Teach JOY; Jesus first, Yourself last, and Others in between.
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