Children

Building a Whole Life From the Beginning

Jesus made a profound statement about children when He told His disciples, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” (Luke 18:16, NRSV). While the disciples feared that the children might bother Jesus, the Savior embraced them and affirmed their value.

Wise King Solomon said, “Children are a gift of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3, NASB). Seventh-day Adventists agree, creating a culture that encourages child development with youth clubs, summer camps and other outdoor events, international youth gatherings, weekly Sabbath school programs, mission trips, Vacation Bible Schools and a quality educational system from elementary to university level.

Solomon also offered this parenting advice: “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it” (Proverbs 22:6, NLT). The church supports parents through programs and publications, emphasizing the importance of early childhood training. The Seventh-day Adventist approach to child-rearing focuses on spiritual growth. But it also emphasizes healthy lifestyle choices and intellectual learning that leads to useful service in the community and in the world.

Children are a gift to be returned to God. As Ellen White, a co-founder of the church, said: “Fathers and mothers should look upon their children as younger members of the Lord’s family, committed to them to educate for heaven.” (“The Desire of Ages,” p. 515)

Favorite Child

Dealing with Fairness in the Home

Read Moreo-arrow__long–left

Get your Kids Moving

I look back fondly on my school days when every possible minute before school, at lunchtime, and dur…

Read Moreo-arrow__long–left

Play Time: Tips to get your children active

While we think of childhood as a time for play, most kids today don’t get enough activity to k…

Read Moreo-arrow__long–left

School’s Out

Three ways to make sure your child has a healthy, educational and fun summer.

Read Moreo-arrow__long–left

Smart breakfast ideas for kids

Breakfast is brain food for kids. While skipping breakfast is a bad idea for anyone, kids will feel…

Read Moreo-arrow__long–left