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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Raising Your Child In Faith

I was not raised in a religious household. I had a couple negative experiences with church (nothing too horrible) growing up. And I participated in a youth group at my friend's church for a year. I'm pretty sure we never cracked the Bible in that whole year. Ever. At college - both undergraduate and both of my graduate schools - I didn't really know anyone who was "religious." In fact, many people in my PhD program considered anyone of any faith to be stupid. As I said before, I'm a new Christian and I'm just not sure where to go from here.

The Targo grew up Catholic, but his family didn't really practice after he was five or six, and he was pretty adamant about not taking Nathan to a Catholic church. (---- I'm not trying to offend anyone here, just reflecting on our parenting decisions ----) So, when I found my church, he was very supportive of me. I haven't been taking Nathan with me, because it seems silly for him to go to the nursery when he can stay at home with The Targo. I think I'll start taking him at 2.

Nathan's getting to the point where he really likes books. I'm thinking of introducing him to the faith this way. But really, I have no clue what I'm doing or how to guide him. I have a lot of goals when I think of raising him in faith. Aside from the obvious ones, I want him to have a heart for serving others. I hope that by seeing his parents serve food at homeless shelters and work with under-privileged kids, that he'll grow into a young man who wants to do the same.

1 comment:

Shannon said...

I think leading by example speaks louder than anything else. I know many "religious" people who can quote just about anything from the Bible. But their actions many times don't reflect them following those words they can quote. It is sad that people like that give other Christians a bad name.