Proverbs about Children and the Child-Parent Relation
from The Book of Proverbs

On this page you will find a selection of proverbs about children and parents. The two themes are that (1) parents should teach their children how to live and should themselves set a good example for their children because what children learn from their parents determines their whole life; and that (2) parents should not avoid punishing their children and, in fact, should discipline their children for the children's own good.

These proverbs come from the Good News Bible.

The parent should be a good example and a wise teacher for his child

Children are fortunate if they have a father who is honest and does what is right. (GNB: Prov 20.7)

Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their lives. (GNB: Prov 22.6)

The parent should discipline his child for the child's own good

Children just naturally do silly, careless things, but a good spanking will teach them how to behave. (GNB: Prov 22.15)

Don't hesitate to discipline children. A good spanking won't kill them. As a matter of fact, it may save their lives. (GNB: Prov 23.13-14)

Correction and discipline are good for children. If they have their own way, they will make their mothers ashamed of them. (GNB: Prov 29.15)