I mentioned on Sunday that I have wildly strong opinions on parenting, but that the Scriptures limit their instruction to two key verses (you can hear the whole thing here). That being said, I think parents are always looking for advice to ponder. Ryle does a great job of that. No wonder this piece has been reprinted so many times!
"Without the blessing of the Lord, your best efforts will do no good. He has the hearts of all men in His hands, and unless He touches the hearts of your children by His Spirit, you will wear yourself out for nothing. Therefore, water the seed you sow in their minds with unceasing prayer. The Lord is far more willing to hear than we are to pray; far more ready to give blessings than we are to ask them—and, oh, how He loves to be petitioned for our children. And I set this matter of prayer before you, as the capstone and seal of all you do. I believe the child of many prayers is seldom cast away."