“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the
great and dreadful day of the Lord: and he shall turn the heart of the
fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest
I come and smite the earth with a curse” (Malachi 4:5, 6).
No barrier of coldness and reserve should be allowed to arise
between parents and children. Let parents become acquainted with
their children, seeking to understand their tastes and dispositions,
entering into their feelings, and drawing out what is in their hearts.
Parents, let your children see that you love them and will do all in
your power to make them happy. If you do so, your necessary restrictions
will have far greater weight in their young minds. Rule your
children with tenderness and compassion, remembering that “their
angels do always behold the face of My Father which is in heaven”
(Matthew 18:10). If you desire the angels to do for your children the
work given them of God, cooperate with them by doing your part.
Brought up under the wise and loving guidance of a true home,
children will have no desire to wander away in search of pleasure and
companionship. Evil will not attract them. The spirit that prevails in
the home will mold their characters; they will form habits and principles
that will be a strong defense against temptation when they shall
leave the home shelter and take their place in the world.
Children as well as parents have important duties in the home.
They should be taught that they are a part of the home firm. They are
fed and clothed and loved and cared for, and they should respond to
these many mercies by bearing their share of the home burdens and
bringing all the happiness possible into the family of which they are
Children are sometimes tempted to chafe under restraint; but in
afterlife they will bless their parents for the faithful care and strict
watchfulness that guarded and guided them in their years of inexperience.
(3 T page 13)