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A Day at a Time: Too Young to Learn?

By Scott Harrup
Aug. 8, 2010

Forget kindergarten, pre-K and even preschool. To really give your child a head start in life, some education experts claim, you need to think prenatally. If you Google “prenatal learning,” you’ll get more than 2 million results.

One company offers a series of gradually more complex heartbeat-like recordings a mother can play for her child in the womb by holding a speaker against her stomach. Some parents play classical music during their pregnancy in the belief that Bach or Beethoven can prep their bundle of joy to become the next Einstein.

How well these measures work is subject to debate, but the Bible presents several parenting tips that offer benefits from the womb and throughout life.

Prayer: It’s never too early to pray for your child. Isaac prayed in response to Rebecca’s infertility, and God answered with Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25:21). During her pregnancy, Rebecca prayed about the twins she was carrying, and God gave her prophecies concerning their destinies (vv. 22,23). Isaac later prayed a key blessing over Jacob and prayerfully sent him to find a wife (27:1 through 28:5).

Instruction: Early in their history, God gave the Israelites His parenting plan: “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6:6,7, NIV). Whenever you find an opportunity to connect your day’s events with scriptural truth, take it.

Example: Did you know a key to receiving God’s blessing is to demonstrate a holy life to your children? God’s covenant with Abraham rested in part on God’s confidence that Abraham would “direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him” (Genesis 18:19).

With prayer, instruction and a godly example, you can’t miss as a parent.

Scott Harrup

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