To exasperate children produces the opposite result a parent desires. The nurture and admonition of the Lord, suggests that we consider how the Lord Jesus Christ gave His trainees direction and do the same ourselves. He “chose Him twelve, that they might be with Him…” To be with children is probably one of the best ways to pass on to them what they need to learn. After spending 3 ½ years with the Lord, His disciples were on their own but were empowered by the Spirit of God for all of their lives. Children who have learned from a present (not an absentee) father, have the power of his personality to give guidelines and direction to decisions they must make – “What did Dad do in this situation?” “How did he use his time and abilities?” A clear understanding of the Bible and its contents as it relates to life is a must. An active prayer life in which a man is an intercessor for his family is a must. An oral or written history of one’s own experiences is a great asset in instructing children.
“The nurture and admonition of the Lord” indicates that the father is still under the tutelage of his own Master. He is not above saying. “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?” The “bringing them up” process is not done until they are on their own and out from under your roof.