A study by a conservative Christian think tank the Barna Group shows that there really isn’t much difference in the way devote Christians and secular families raise their children.
In a random sample of 1004 adults the traits people said were most successful for parenting was patience, 36 percent, showing love, 32 percent, both discipline and understanding were ranked high by 22 percent of the respondents.
Only one out of every five parents said having a substantial faith life was important and only 22 percent said having a close relationship with Jesus was the most desired outcome.
Out of the parents who said faith was important there responses on several questions were almost identical to more secular parents.
“You might expect that parents who are born again Christians would take a different approach to raising their children than did parents who have not committed their life to Christ – but that was rarely the case,” George Barna explained. “For instance, we found that the qualities born again parents say an effective parent must possess, the outcomes they hope to facilitate in the lives of their children, and the media monitoring process in the household was indistinguishable from the approach taken by parents who are not born again.”
Barna’s group describes anyone who “a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life today” and believes their salvation is assured as a born again Christian.
Born again parents were more likely to teach that there are firm, unmovable moral truths, but only six out of 10 did so.
The question this report raises is are the born again parents more like the world or is the world more like the born again parents. If both parents take similar approaches to child rearing does faith truly make a difference in peoples lives? Or does it mean that most parents are doing things right?
I don’t know, I don’t have kids, I just work with them for a living. Post your thoughts.