Jun 14

R.C. Ryle, The Duties of Parents

2011 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Recommended Resources

Ahead of our parenting seminar weekend with Fred Zaspel, June 24 and 25, “The Word on Parenting,” we will highlight a few resources here on the blog to whet your appetite.

One resource Fred will mention and recommend is a short book by J.C. Ryle, The Duties of Parents. In this book, Ryle presents seventeen instructions for parents in training their children:

  1. Train them in the way they should go, and not in the way they would.
  2. Train up your child with all tenderness, affection, and patience.
  3. Train your children with an abiding persuasion on your mind that much depends upon you.
  4. Train with this thought continually before your enes – that the soul of your child is the first thing to be considered.
  5. Train your child to a knowledge of the Bible.
  6. Train them to a habit of prayer
  7. Train them to habits of diligence, and regularity about public means of grace.
  8. Train them to a habit of faith.
  9. Train them to a habit of obedience.
  10. Train them to a habit of always speaking the truth.
  11. Train them to a habit of always redeeming the time.
  12. Train them with a constant fear of over-indulgence
  13. Train them remembering continually how God trains His children.
  14. Train them remembering continually the influence of your own example.
  15. Train them remembering continually the power of sin.
  16. Train them remembering continually the promises of Scripture.
  17. Train them, lastly, with continual prayer for a blessing on all you do.

This book is available online or at the Resource Center for $3.00. For those interested in more details about DSC’s parenting weekend on June 24 and 25, we published a post last week introducing you to our speaker, the subject, and how to register for childcare.

Also, for those who aren’t now parents but would like to bless the many young parents of our church with child care, please contact Kayla at to express your availability. Of course, given the subject of this weekend, many who might otherwise help care for children desire to participate in the seminar.