Excellent wisdom from the book Parenting Your Powerful Child: Bringing an End to the Everyday Battles by Dr. Kevin Leman we read on page 177-178:
The society we live in today is a dangerous one. There are plenty of big bad wolves out there that will devour your child without batting an eye.
What kind of foundation are you giving your kids? Sand? Straw? Twigs? Or cement blocks? If you use anything other than cement it’s not a good idea. I know that because [my wife] told me. She even proved it to me while she was laying brick around the house. I saw it with my own two eyes as I sipped a can of Pepsi.
So what does your child want the most?
• To feel valued.
• To be loved unconditionally.
• To be taken seriously.
• To contribute to your family.
Those are the foundations that are like cement blocks: firm and there to stay for a lifetime.
What kind of parent do you tend to be now? Authoritarian? Permissive? How might you change to be that balanced, authoritative parent you need to be—for your own welfare and for your child’s?
Proverbs 22:6 Amplified Bible
Train up a child in the way he should go [teaching him to seek God’s wisdom and will for his abilities and talents], Even when he is old he will not depart from it.