Most Christian parents are well aware of Proverbs 22:6:

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”

We focus on the long term. We want to raise our children well so they will make good choices as adults. What about the short term though? The life principle of Proverbs 22:6 just might also work on a daily basis.

How do you start each day with your child? Are you positive or negative? Is your morning full of stress and meeting a schedule? Do you take time for prayer and/or scripture?

Prayer might simply be you asking your child, “What can I ask God to bless you with today?” and then praying that short prayer out loud right then with your child. Remember to ask that evening or the next morning how God answered that prayer.

Scripture might be just one verse with your child. Ask for suggestions how you [not your child] can better live that verse that day. Consider how you start your day with your child and then watch to see whether they turned from that start when the day has become old.