The first stage of parenting children in the home is the preschool years. The second stage is the childhood years, ages six through twelve. During these years, parents should practice the baton principle: In a relay race, the most important time is the passing of the baton – if it’s dropped, the race is lost! Parenting children in the home means passing the baton of Godly values to the next generation.
God’s Word teaches us, as parents, to love God with all our heart, soul, and might, and to diligently teach the commands of God to our children when we sit in our house, when we walk by the way, when we lie down, and when we rise up. We need to teach our kids how to live as we go about everyday life; in short, our kids need to see that our faith in God is real and consistent. This calls for a lot of love for God and for our children. But when done well, the baton of Godly values is handed off to the new generation.