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The New Family Values

The New Family Values

Parents across the country were asked to share the family values and traditions most important to them—the results surprised even the experts.

Every parent wants their children to find happiness in what they do.

We live in a warp-speed world, and the information—good, bad, and ugly—that our children are exposed to are vast and unlimited. How do you as parents control the often uncontrollable? Perhaps by returning to the traditional values that you hope will provide a solid foundation.

Most of you believe religion is the strongest building block in that foundation; family time really, really matters; and you don't want to raise a quitter, a slacker, or even a teller of little white lies. Your standards for your kids as parents are always high.

The challenge you face as a parent is how to protect them in this wired new world? Adversity is good for children, but letting them experience it is tough. It's important to let children out into the world, albeit a little at a time.

54% of parents belong to an organized religion, but only 27% attend weekly services

31% call themselves spiritual but do not belong to an organized religion

69% say religion is essential to establishing a moral foundation

45% celebrate only religious holidays and important events

71% have regular family traditions throughout the year

Are parents today sending their kids mixed messages by only going to a house of worship during the holidays? Not at all, says Madeline Levine, Ph.D., author of Teach Your Children Well. “Kids know what's important to their parents, so if you live your life according to your beliefs and clarify them for your kids, that's another way they learn to identify with your religion,” adds Levine.



 

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