February 16, 2022 –

When my wife and I took the children out to eat, we received many compliments from the other customers and waiters for how well-behaved they were. When we got to our table, we all sat down and sat there until we got up to leave. The kids were pleasant to each other and us.

Times have changed, and parental emphasis on manners and social skills has changed. The statics show over 185-million children in the U.S. are between six and eleven. Some parents have not shown or taught them social skills and manners for many of these children.

My wife and I went to a store to have someone help us with our cell phones. We were sitting at a table-top waiting. As we waited, two parents became more noticeable— a man with two daughters ages 6 and 8; the woman with a daughter about seven years old— had lost control of their kids. The kids were running around the store and shouting at each other. The parents were deaf and blind, or they didn’t care. The latter was the obvious choice.

At any restaurant, you’ll see children, not in their seats at the table, but running around, making it hazarded for other patrons and the wait staff. Their parents are on their phones or talking with each other oblivious to the chaos their children are causing.

The Bible says, “Teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6, HCSB). This passage reads like a promise to parents who raise their children properly.

Often, this is not the case. We know cases where the parents are Christians and brought up their children to love and honor God. Yet, some children go astray. This verse warns parents who allow their children to grow up without guidance.