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Raising Godly children blessing for nation.

Renowned author and marriage counsellor, Ms Ashley Thaba, has underscored need to raise God-fearing children.

'It seems there is a surge of parents who are seeking guidance in order to be intentional about raising their children to be productive members of society. For their efforts, they should be commended because if their children grow up to be honest, hard-working, God fearing citizens, they will be a blessing to us as a nation,' she said in a recent interview.

One of the finest tips, Ms Thaba said, was for parents to practice what they preached.

'More life lessons to your children will be caught than taught. Do not underestimate what they are watching and what they will one day practice after years of sitting under your tutelage,' she continued.

She buttressed her point by quoting the Bible from Deuteronomy 6: 6-9, which states, 'these commandments that I give you today are to be on 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'.

Ms Thaba encouraged parents to share real life success and struggles with their children so as to motivate and counsel them.

She indicated that children understood things far more than most give them credit for, adding that parents could explain things to children in a simpler language and real life scenarios.

'However, it is shocking the amount of lies we hear on a daily basis. From the electrician promising he is on the way to never arriving, to the lady at the store promising to give my child a sweet tomorrow, to the workmate promising they will come to church tomorrow, to the teacher promising to beat the child knowing that they will never do that because it is against school policy, to the father who promises his child he will be home on time tonight. I could go on but I am confident you can think of 10 lies off the top of your head you have heard today alone,' she continued.

Ms Thaba said parents, somehow allowed themselves to justify these unfulfilled promises by telling themselves it was okay since it could make the person feel better in that moment.

'But the fact is we are teaching our children that our word means nothing! We are teaching our children that they cannot trust us,' she said, adding that such a lesson would come back to haunt parents infuture.

Ms Thaba said it was imperative for children to know that they could trust their parents beyond a shadow of a doubt.

'Can your child trust your word? If not, I challenge you to start today with watching your language and your promises,' she challenged.

She expressed need to guide parents in being more intentional about raising children who would be a blessing to the nation.

'The journey of parenthood is one of the hardest yet most rewarding journeys life takes us through. It is not easy but this is one guaranteed investment that we will never regret putting our time, energy and money into,' Ms Thaba said.

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Publication:Botswana Daily News (Gaborone, Botswana)
Date:May 30, 2019
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