How to Raise Great Children In This World Today – Part 2

If you’ve read, Praying Through Your Pregnancy, you found that I wasn’t always a believer. When I became pregnant, I began to seek God like never before. And out of fear and desperation I began to pray. Even though my husband was supporting me along the way, I was scared and felt all alone.

After my little ones we’re born, I discovered that God really did hear my prayers and that’s when I truly started believing in Jesus more than ever before.

These are what I feel are the most important values and beliefs that we need to teach our children in this world today…to help shape their lives here on earth and for eternity. If possible, we should focus in on these daily.

Do I do these things every day? I can honestly say that I try, but not all of them and not always. Sometimes you just can’t, but I do try very hard because I know that they are in the best interest of my children and I want them to turn out to be Loving-kind-compassionate-healthy-human beings.

So here’s my list of top beliefs and values that we should be teaching our children from the very first day of their life. (I will be expanding on each one in blogs to come.)

*Pray together every day, you can start with each meal, when they wake up and when they go to bed.

*Teach your children about Jesus and teach them the Word of God.

*Teach them to love others and to be kind.

*Teach them manners and to be polite; To be young ladies and gentlemen.

*Teach them how to be healthy, if you don’t know how, then research and get help.

*Exercise with your children every day!

*Teach them that real JOY comes when you put Jesus first, others next, and yourself last!

*Teach them that whatever they do has consequences.

*Teach them to trust you and to obey you ... and they’ll have an easier time trusting and obeying the Lord!

*Teach them how to get along well with others -- to share and be diplomatic.

*Be the best example you can be-- children do what you do, not what you say!(Man, do I know this one to be true!)

*Teach them to be frugal and that money doesn’t grow on trees—it takes hard work.

*Spend time together laughing and playing.

*Take family vacations—it doesn’t have to be expensive, just time together.

*Do something nice for others—help someone…examples to come.

*Turn off the TV, especially during meal time.

*Hug, hold, and love your kids daily.

***Don’t ever let the sun go down without saying “I love you” and “I’m sorry” if you did something wrong.

Now, I’m sure I’ve missed something, and I would love to hear from you, so please email me at

My mom and I came up with this list. And along with my 6 siblings, I have always said that mom’s “gift from God” was being a mother! She is awesome!

(And yes, I know I have more then 10. I felt they we’re all very important.)

Jennifer Polimino

Author and Mom



Praying Through Your Pregnancy

Devoted to Christ  •  Dedicated to Praying for Moms and Their Children

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