This week, we are focusing on raising children in the midst of an increasingly dark world. What I am about to write is for mothers and fathers . . . but indulge me for just a moment as I address the guys:
As some of us discussed on Sunday morning, we have a crisis in our country of children growing up with no positive male role models. There is a growing disconnect between children and their fathers in our culture.
Study after study shows that a positive and continuous relationship to one’s father is associated with a good self-concept, higher self-esteem, higher moral maturity, reduced rates of unwed teen pregnancy, greater internal control and higher career aspirations. Fathers who are affectionate, nurturing and actively involved in child-rearing are more likely to have well-adjusted children.
And yet, the Family Research Council states that the average father spends only 8 minutes a day in meaningful dialogue with his children. 8 minutes. That’s less than an hour a week in MEANINGFUL conversation – conversation centered on the teen’s interest. You know what the most disturbing part of that statistic is? The average adult in America watches 28 hours of television every week. So we’re not too busy for our kids. We too distracted. We are too focused on being successful in every other area of life, and as a result, we aren’t strapping our kids in spiritually. We aren’t fulfilling the responsibility that God gave us.
So parents – FATHERS AND MOTHERS – it is time to get serious about teaching Godly wisdom to our children. To that end, THIS ARTICLE (< —- Click to read) by Dr. Kara E. Powell and Dr. Chap Clark is definitely worth your attention. It is taken from their book, , Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids, (Harvest House Publishers, 2011). In it, the authors list 12 specific things that you can do to help build faith in your children. Here is the introduction to the article:
Tragically, many people who grew up as Christians end up drifting away from the faith once they become adults. Parents are heartbroken to watch their children leave behind the faith they’d hoped would become a lifelong priority. Meanwhile, God’s great purposes for people He loves go unfulfilled.
But it doesn’t have to be that way for you and your kids. You can help them develop “sticky faith” – faith that lasts and grows their whole lives long. Here’s how:
I really hope that you will read the article, and if it helps you, pass it along to a friend. Also, don’t forget to pass along articles, videos, and other resources that you think will help others.
We will continue this line of thought tomorrow. See you then.