A final condition for success that we discovered is that those who produce spiritual champions embrace parenting as their primary job in life.1
What are the priorities in your family life? Many people I have met over the years feel that their 9 – 5 jobs are a means of providing a better life for their children. Unfortunately, that mindset teaches children that materialism is the most important need in their family.
Do I want my children to have nice things? Of course, but at what cost? Do I need to work two jobs, so my child can have a smart phone or a laptop? It would seem that a nice home, popular gadgets, and wealth would make your children happy, but that is completely the opposite. If it were true, you would see the happiest and healthiest kids in the wealthiest parts of the world. If you want to see, watch reality television that shows a wealthy family, and ask yourself “Is this what I want my children to be?”
And it is not one parent’s responsibility, it needs to be both!
Now I know that 28% (24 with mother, 4 with the father)2 of the population in the U.S. live in a single parent home. Single parents will have a difficult time because they are juggling everything in the household. I cannot imagine how hard it is to maintain a house without another person.
Single parents have a tougher time raising spiritual champions because the challenges that are normally distributed across two people’s efforts must be facilitated by one person who may or may not be successful at introducing a team of outside helpers into the child-rearing mix.3
But, those homes with two parents, it should never fall on one person’s shoulders. Both parents need to be putting their family as the primary job. The more people helping in producing faith to your children, the better chance of creating spiritual champions.
Barna, George (2010-09-01). Revolutionary Parenting: Raising Your Kids to Become Spiritual Champions (Kindle Locations 489-490). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition. ↩
Barna, George (2010-09-01). Revolutionary Parenting: Raising Your Kids to Become Spiritual Champions (Kindle Locations 480-482). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition. ↩