Every father and mother must make it a priority to diligently teach these truths to each child the Lord entrusts into their family. Learning these commands should begin as soon as children are able to memorize them (pre-school and up).
Often parents may feel they are not qualified or capable of teaching their children about the Lord. Perhaps since they are not a pastor or teacher feelings of inadequacy discourage personal effort in the home. However, there is only one real requirement necessary—ACCESS TO A BIBLE!
Let the Bible do the teaching. A parent’s job is to expose their children to the Word of God and a simple place to begin is with the commandments. Any parent can read the commands and apply them on a consistent basis.
So, how long has it been since you read Exodus 20 together? How long has it been since you listed the commandments and perhaps hung them on the refrigerator? How long has it been since you conversed with your children about the meaning of these commands?
I suggest regardless of the age of your children that you visit the commandments in a fresh way as the new year begins. If your children cannot quote all ten from memory, then work on that until they have them all down by memory. Sit at the breakfast table, or supper table, or before lights are out at night and review them carefully.
There is power in the Word of God and this is certainly true of the Ten Commandments. These commands are so basic to life and a walk with God that failure here is an absolute disaster. In fact, adult Christians need to meditate on these commands if they hope to prosper (Psalm 1). It should be pointed out as well New Testament believers are led by the Holy Spirit into the righteousness of the Law (the Ten Commandments—Romans 8:1-14). No believer has license to transgress God’s commandments. In fact, as Paul put it, we should delight in the law of God after the inward man (Rom. 7:22).
Please be diligent on this matter (Deut. 6:6-9) and see to it your children learn the commands and see to it they are discussed in measure almost every day of their life. Strong character and clear convictions about what is right and wrong must be developed deliberately.
Parents, do not disobey the Lord in this matter and do not be neglectful.
Of course, you want Bible reading and prayer in your home otherwise. However, keep these commandments as frontlets before their eyes and in time you will see the Spirit of God work in the hearts of your children in two powerful ways: producing both character and the conviction they need Christ as Savior.