I originally wasn't going to include this in my post, but I feel like it flows well with what I want to say so I will. I attend Agape Baptist and I absolutely LOVE my church. We have gospel communities and the one I attend meets every other Friday.
1. Lead by example. Do not just tell your children what you expect from them, but do the things you want them to do and avoid the things you don't want them to do.
2. Repent to your children if you wrong them and be willing to repent in front of your children if they see you sin.
3. Train a child in the way they should go. Raise them with the values and lessons they need for their whole lives. Give them the tools to make the right decisions when they have to make them without you.
4. Take advantage of the moments in everyday life when you can point them to Christ and show His hands-on activity in day to day experiences.
5. Tell your children you love them and are proud of them just because of who they are, not just when they've done something to "earn" it. Show them unconditional love.
6. This one was huge. There is a difference between punishment and discipline. If you look at the new testament, Jesus endured the PUNISHMENT we deserve. God doesn't punish us, but He disciplines us because he loves us.
A. Punishment: has an aspect of revenge; action=consequence
There was ALOT more included in the conversation, but this is my summary.
Now I am going to narrow in on my Dad a little more. I have always been a daddy's girl. My dad and I still, to this day, go out on "dates". We have long talks late into the night. We laugh at things nobody else does. He is the most amazing man I know. I love my dad so much! I am so thankful for him.