“Parents! if your children do not meet with a spirit of piety in your houses, if, on the contrary, your pride consists in surrounding them with external gifts, introducing them into worldly society, indulging all their whims, letting them follow their own course, you will see them grow vain, proud, idle, disobedient, impudent, and extravagant! They will treat you with contempt; and the more your hearts are wrapped up in them, the less they will think of you. This is seen but too often to be the case; but ask yourselves if you are not responsible for their bad habits and practices; and your conscience will reply that you are; that you are now eating the bread of bitterness which you have prepared for yourself. May you learn thereby how great has been your sin against God in neglecting the means which were in your power for influencing their hearts; and may others take warning from your misfortune, and bring up their children in the Lord! Nothing is more effectual in doing this than an example of domestic piety.”
Especially as we approach the Christmas season, as parents, let us keep “the main thing the main thing” (i.e. the salvation of the souls of those whom the Lord has entrusted to us for this brief season) and NOT get caught up in lavishing our children with every earthly pleasure, except it be for those which might draw their hearts toward the great glories of our God (i.e. the demonstration of His very character: love, patience, kindness, self control, etc.).