Is it bad that I pay my children to read the Bible? I give them the money once they’ve read it through. 25c per book. The oldest, age 14 and 12, have completed it once. The 2nd time they go through it they have to take notes so that it’s not just speed reading. (My oldest read it in 3 months straight through, and that’s okay, but I want him to really pay attention next time).
I do read to the kids but have not been consistent about this. I know as a kid I was NOT read the bible at home. I lived with an aunt and uncle for four years, and they read those blue Bible Stories books you see at the doctor’s office, they must have had the set. When I moved back in with my dad at age 10 I didn’t even get the Bible stories, so my kids definitely are ahead of me at the same age but I want to do more. They do memorize verses for a bible club, we’ve worked on those together week after week, singing verses in the car and repeating them. I know I could work more with them. I just hope they are getting the Word in deep.
We speak about God often, and when in a discipline situation, we talk about the behavior, if it is wrong or right, and why. We do use the word “sin” and the child asks the parent or other child for forgiveness and then goes to pray about things with God, confessing sins and asking forgiveness. When I do something sinful, (like react in great anger or speak to my children in a way that is out of line) I make sure to ask for forgiveness too.
My husband and I pray with the kids daily. Daily. Meals, before bed, and at other opportune times. When we read scripture, we often include prayer.
I know I could do better, I could bring prayer and the Word in more. I hope I am not neglectful of my duty to really teach my children about Christ, the Father, and the Holy Spirit. They learn a lot at our church, but I believe it is best for us as parents to teach our children the truth in the Bible.