When some people think of education, they think of school-aged children. In reality, education begins at home. Those early lessons a child learns will guide him for the rest of his life.

Lessons of r e s p e c t ,  o b e d i e n c e , reverence, and self-control will help a child become a successful adult. Many mothers are eager to work outside the home, but if at all possible, postpone the job as long as possible. The job of “motherhood” is the most important task ever. Those first five years are critical in a child’s development.

It is important for newborns to feel love. Parents should not feel afraid to show affection. A warm and gentle touch communicates love as well as emotional development will be affected.

Nothing can substitute for parent’s love. The Bible says, “Train up a child in one way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. “Parents have an  a w e s o m e  responsibility and they should not take it lightly.

W h e n  teaching children to obey, it is important for parents to do so with love. Make few rules, and then enforce them. Be consistent. Also remember that the punishment should fit the misbehavior.

P a r e n t s  should teach their children to be disciplined. They need to be taught good habits. They need to be taught honesty. But most importantly parents need to share the love of God with their children.

T h e   education of a child begins at birth and c o n t I n u e s  throughout his life. Parents should take this responsibility seriously and be thankful to God for the opportunity to educate one of His children.

By: Ms. Antonia M. De Vega | Master Teacher I | Parang Elementary School, Bagac, Bataan

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