Do Kids Need Church?

This article, entitled "Do Kids Need Church?" comes from Annie Payne, MomsEveryday blogger from Western Colorado.

In 1996, Hillary Clinton told the world, it takes a village to raise a child and in 1996, I took offense. My feeling was that she down-played the need for strong families. I thought, ‘My kids don’t need a village! They need me! A mother: strong, present, and invested. ‘

As the years have passed, I still feel that way, but as I have reflected on what and who has been the most impactful for my children’s formative years, I realize now that, as hard as I worked and as much as I feel I have been there for my children, we have been the beneficiaries of much good when it comes to the individuals and groups with whom we have associated.

Our association with a church and the people there are on the top of the list of the people and groups from whom we have received the most support and benefit. I have decided for myself what I believe and how I will parent and I am part of a congregation that shares and supports me in those standards and the things I value in life. I can’t imagine trying to teach my children the things that I have without the support and agreement of other people who share the same value system.

So, back to the question; do kids need church?

My answer is; I think parenting requires support. The kind of support depends upon what you are teaching your child. If you want to give your child a value system, I think you need to find a group that supports you in that value system. If teaching you’re child to be a good citizen, I think finding a group that also honors and teaches good citizenship would be important to you. If you want your child to be a professional athlete, an advocate for the environment, a world-class tomahawk thrower: well, I’m pretty sure you can find a group to support you in that endeavor, too.
No mom is an island. Or is it, no man is an island? In any case, however you want to raise your child, there is a “village” out there to support you.
Can you do it alone? Of course, you can! Even Hillary said once, “Home is a child’s first and most important classroom.”

Point being, you don’t have to do it alone. In fact, it’s the opinion of this strong, present and invested mother, that it would be much easier if you didn’t.

Offense? None taken.

About the Author...
Annie Payne
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