Hear this, ye fathers and mothers that your
upbringing of children shall not lose its reward...it was on account of his
children that Eli perished. For he ought to have admonished them, and indeed
he did admonish them, but not as he ought; but from unwillingness to give
them pain, he destroyed both himself and them.
Hear this, ye fathers, bring your children
up with great, great care in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Youth
is wild, and requires many governors, teachers, directors, attendants and
tutors, and, after all these, it is happiness of it be restrained. For as a
horse is not broken in, or a wild beast untamed, such is youth.
But if from the beginning, from the
earliest age, we fix in it good rules, much pains will not be required
afterwards; for good habits formed will be for them as a law.
Let us not suffer them to do anything which
is agreeable but injurious; nor let us indulge them as being but children.
Let us admonish them. Let us employ sometimes advice, sometimes warnings,
sometimes threatening. In children we have a great charge committed to us.
Let us bestow great care upon them , and do everything that the Evil One may
not rob us of them.
St. John Chrysostom