Training Children: Christian Homes

“Fathers and mothers, your children may be confessors of Christ, and enrolled in the ranks of Christ’s Church;–you may get godly sponsors to answer for them, and help you by their prayers;–you may send them to the best schools, and give them Bibles and Prayer Books, and fill them with head knowledge:–but if all this time there is no regular training at home, I tell you plainly, I fear it will go hard in the end with your children’s souls. Home is the place where habits are formed;–home is the place where the foundations of character are laid;–home gives the bias to our tastes, and likings, and opinions. See then, I pray you, that there be careful training at home (J.C. Ryle, The Duties of Parents, p. 56).”