Speak to the children as if they were adults but adapt your word to their level of understanding.
“Speak to the children as if they were adults but adapt your word to their level of understanding, and try to rise them as adults. I mean, do not approach them as they were babies.”
“We will not take our children or belongings to the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, we must take care of our salvation and leave our children in God’s providence when we did all we could and they did not listen”. (Father Sophrony of Essex)
(Translation from Hierotheos Vlachos, Metropolitan of Nafpaktos and Saint Vlasie, Cunosc un om în Hristos: Părintele Sofronie de la Essex, translated from Greek by Fr. Șerban Tica, Editura Sophia, București; Editura Cartea Ortodoxă, Alexandria, 2011, p. 267)