Recently a friend and I were discussing our ideas about parenting. He just couldn’t understand why I felt it important to raise my kid in a church community. He wasn’t questioning why I wanted my kid to have faith in God, but he couldn’t see how belong to a church family might be a significant parenting resource.
First is, of course, the dilemma of faith. I would like my kid to have a strong faith in God because I know that religion will offer the comfort, relaxation, and inspiration to carry him through the joys and tribulations which are in store for him as a human. I know this from my personal experience in addition to countless studies that have shown that people with faith in a higher being live longer, happier, and more fulfilling lives.
It’s about becoming a member of the community and that’s an essential element in my choice for my child. His friends are children he’s known his whole life and his teachers and teachers are adults and teenagers we’ve known for ages. We’ve got connections and history which brings us together for fellowship and fun and to discuss issues and celebrate joys.
Every child needs various role models to help determine what individual they’ll become. I can’t think of a better place to discover a wide assortment of role models than at a church. I know there are lots of people whom I look up to one of our congregation and I am positive that my son has many too.
Regularly attending church and Sunday School and engaging in the church community provides a child with many vital guidelines for being a great person in addition to a good Christian. Kids also learn from observing others and after that example.
Finally, I find Church teaches my child a whole lot about social relationships. He’s got a group of peers he has known since infancy and will grow to maturity with but he also appreciates a spread of generations and understands and loves people of many ages and backgrounds which he probably wouldn’t understand if not for church.
These five reasons are powerful motivations for increasing your child in a church community, but there’s one other important factor also. Attending church, and church community activities, is something you could do together as a family. Measure the hectic whirl of daily life and to a community of faith.