Someone asked me the other day, "Do you think it helps (raising kids) belonging to a church that supports your moral beliefs?"
My answer was, "Heck, yah!"
I truly believe in the philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child. Think of all the people who influence our children: teachers, friends, non-friends, neighbors, church leaders, sports leaders, coaches, etc. How many hours a day are we, the parents, influencing our children versus the time others are influencing them?
With this in mind, think about this quote:
"The group consisting of mother, father and child is the main educational agency of mankind." -- Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
So, while it might take a village, it is ultimately up to the family unit. Parents must be involved in the lives of their children. Parents need to know what is going on... and we do that by actively engaging our children in conversation. AND listening to what they have to say.
I'm currently working on my second manuscript, titled "The Education of Thia." Originally, I was going to begin each chapter with an interesting educational quote (such as the one above). However, other people in the publishing industry have told me that it is nearly impossible to get quotes published in a novel. Too many hoops to jump through. So, I need to research it more. I'm considering eliminating them from the novel. But, none-the-less, the quotes have stirred my thought process.