People in Georgia are starting to embrace a belief that kids should grow up to be more like adults.
Parents in a metro Atlanta area are taking to Facebook to share their kids’ religious beliefs.
They say they have found success with the parents by giving their children a variety of things they can do outside the home, like going to school or learning to cook.
“We think our kids are better served by having an education outside the house,” said Jennifer Smith, a pastor in Glynn, Georgia, who has raised five children in a Catholic home.
“That’s not just a Christian thing.
It’s a human thing.
We don’t want our kids to grow up feeling isolated and unhappy in this world.”
There is no hard and fast rule for which religions children should follow, but most agree the child should grow in love with God and seek his guidance, regardless of religion.
“A child will get a greater appreciation for the beauty and goodness of God if they live a life that is closer to God,” said the Rev. Stephen Wicks, president of the American Association of Christian Schools.
“Our kids are getting better at loving God, even though they may not have been born into it.”
Parents in the metro Atlanta region are trying to get their kids to explore their own beliefs and their own faith in their own homes.
The idea of having their kids learn to love God through the life of their faith is gaining traction.
The Catholic Church, the largest Christian denomination in the US, has a mission of helping people understand God and his role in their lives.
“The best way to do that is through the teachings of the Catholic Church and the church’s teaching on the relationship between God and man,” said Rev. Thomas DiBianchi, a spokesman for the Catholic Conference of America.
“It’s very important that our children know that they are given a voice in the church and are able to live out their faith and that God is a loving, caring, and merciful God.”
“They’re going in the direction of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and not a particular way,” he added.
Catholic homes have been one of the most popular places for parents to raise their children, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey.
“There’s a good balance between a traditional, religious approach, which is what most people go through in their families, and a non-traditional approach that gives the child the opportunity to explore and be their own God,” DiBianski said.
But parents aren’t just seeking a different way of raising their kids.
“This is a very unique opportunity to give children something that is not going to be there in the past,” said Michael J. Staggs, executive director of Catholic Family Life in New York City.
“This is not an opportunity to be taught a different view of life.”
He said the church has helped families overcome barriers by teaching them about their children’s faith, especially those who don’t speak English.
“What we teach is that there is a Christian God who wants us to love him,” Stagg said.
“So we teach the children to look at their parents and say, ‘If you don’t love me, you’re not going be with me.'”
The Catholic family of three in Georgia is taking on the challenge.
Their son, a senior at the Catholic school, attends the school’s summer camp.
The parents also take their daughter to a local church for Sunday services.
“It’s a very simple, but very powerful way to teach your child the gospel,” Smith said.
“To have the opportunity for a person who doesn’t speak the language to be able to relate to you is so powerful.”
A similar idea is being pushed by parents in other parts of the US.
“As parents, we want our children to grow in faith and be taught by their own parents,” said Donna Schumacher, president and CEO of Parents of the Year, a national nonprofit that promotes family values.
“My son wants to know that God will make him a better man.
He wants to be a better father.
He doesn’t want to be raised by somebody who thinks that his father is the devil.
He has to believe that God made him and his mother and his family.”