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“What saves and makes for good children is the life of the parents in the home. The parents need to devote themselves to the love of God. They need to become saints in their relations to their children through their mildness, patience, and love. They need to make a new start every day, with a fresh outlook, renewed enthusiasm and love for their children. And the joy that will come to them, the holiness that will visit them, will shower grace on their children.” (St. Porphyrios)

“Parents should love their children as their children and not as their idols. That is to say, they should love their children as they are and not how they would like them to be—to be like them.” (Elder Epiphanios Theodoropoulos of Athens)

“Speak more to God about your children than to your children about God…. The soul of the teenager is in a state of an explosion of freedom. For this reason, he has a hard time accepting various counsels. So, rather than counseling him continuously and reproaching him now and again, leave the situation to Christ, to the Saints, asking them to bring him to reason.” (Elder Epiphanios Theodoropoulos of Athens)

“Neglect of children is one of the greatest sins, and it is the highest degree of impiety…God Himself takes great care over the upbringing of children. That is why He placed such a natural attraction in parents toward their children—in order to put parents in inescapable necessity of caring for them.” (St. John Chrysostom)

“The best role model a child can have is a parent whose heart is centered on the Lord.” (Foundation Study Bible, Deuteronomy 4:9)

“The primary lesson for life must be implanted in the soul from the earliest age. The primary lesson for children is to know the eternal God, the One Who gives everlasting life.” (St. Clement of Rome)

“If we pray, and learn little by little to live in the spirit of prayer, we create an atmosphere in which children taste prayer and God’s presence. If we dwell in this spirit, even without words, even before children can speak, they can acquire a natural taste for prayer, and the desire to know God.” (Sister Magdalen)

“We must see God in the faces of our children and give God’s love to our children. The children should learn to pray. And in order for children to pray they must have in them the blood of praying parents." (Elder Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite)

“Every gesture we make, every word we speak, every tone in our voice, every expression on our face, every action we take communicates a message to our children about their value in our eyes, as their parents, and in the eyes of God.” (Father David L. Fontes, PsyD)

“Our actions speak louder than our words. This is especially true in the home. Children learn values, morals, and priorities by observing how their parents act and react every day. If parents exhibit a deep reverence for and dependence on God, the children will catch these attitudes.” (Life Application Study Bible, Proverbs 1:8)

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