Teaching our children to discern between good and evil is a mission we parents undertake from early childhood onward. In Isaiah, we find this verse that gives some insight into instructing our children in this vital concept.
Isaiah 7:15 says, “Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.”
How do we teach our children to “refuse the evil and choose the good?” Is it by showing them what is wrong and helping them learn to stay away from it? No, quite the contrary. It is by exposing them to all that is right and wholesome so that they will be drawn to those attributes. Just as with the honey, we want them to develop a taste for the good things, that they might then recognize and reject the bad.
Will there be times when we need to warn our children about the evil that may be inherent in specific situations? Certainly. But the majority of our time should be spent surrounding them with positive experiences that will shape their perception of right and wrong and then instill in them the strength of character to follow that which is good.