Top 10 Parenting Tips Found In The 10 Commandments

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10. “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods.”

Question for parents: Am I grateful for the life I have, the family I have, the home I have, and the faith I have?

Lesson for kids: On any given day, look for something in your life to be grateful for. Always be grateful for what you have.

9. “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife/husband.”

Question for parents: Do I think of my spouse as my one and only lover and accept all aspects of my spouse?

Lesson for kids: Married couples show total commitment to each other and accept each other.


8. “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”

Question for parents: Am I honest in dealings and communications with my family, community members, parish and co-workers?

Lesson for kids: If parents speak the truth with others, and about others, children will see how honesty and respect are practiced. This can be reinforced as they develop relationships with family and friends.


7. “Thou shalt not steal.”

Question for parents: Do I refrain from choosing to steal or from cheating in financial transactions?

Lesson for kids: Honesty is the best policy and stealing is wrong.


6. “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

Question for parents: Do I stay faithful to my spouse in body and mind? Do I tell jokes or laugh at jokes that demean the institute of marriage?

Lesson for kids: If a marriage is filled with respect and commitment, they will see what that looks like and how it is done. More importantly, if parents keep this commandment, their children and spouses will never experience the conflict and pain that being unfaithful can create.

5. “Thou shall not kill?”

Question for parents: Do I keep this commandment and also not allow one’s self and children to watch murder related television shows or play violent video games that promote players to “kill” images on the screen?

Lesson for children: The influence of watching violent behavior is negative, and though a popular pastime in our culture, can and should be avoided.

4.”Honor thy father and thy mother.”

Question for parents: Do I speak of and to my parents with respect, spend time with them and offer them help?

Lesson for kids: If they see your parents shown love and respect, they will learn how to do the same for you, and other people as well.


3. “Remember thou keep holy the Lord’s day.”

Question for parents: Do I attend church on the weekend, spend time in positive activities, take a rest and not obsess or work extra hours (not scheduled)?

Lesson for kids: Go to Mass once a week and make Sunday an extra special day by sharing the time and activities with family and friends.

2. “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.”

Question for parents: Do I choose not to take the Lord’s name in vain and not use offensive language?

Lesson for kids: Taking the Lord’s name in vain, swearing and offensive language are not spoken in the home and are not acceptable behaviors.

1. “I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt not have strange gods before me.”

Question for parents: Do I honestly have faith in God, and place him at the center of my life?

Lesson for kids: Through words and actions children can see what living a life looks like based on the teachings of the Catholic Church, and can learn how to then teach their own children. Children will also be able to feel the strength of their parents’ faith.