3 Ways To Parent

The Barna Group identifies three approaches to parenting being utilized today. Parenting by default is what Barna calls the path of least resistance. In this approach, parents do whatever comes naturally as influenced by cultural norms and traditions. The objective is to keep everyone happy without allowing parenting to dominate other aspects of the parent’s life. The second approach is trial and error parenting. In this approach, parents see themselves as amateurs, believe that there are no guidelines to follow, and you just set out to do your best. The third and least common approach is revolutionary parenting. These parents take God’s word on life and family at face value, and apply those words faithfully and consistently. Barna’s research shows that revolutionary parenting results in deep and real faith-based transformation in the lives of children, rather than simply accepting the aging and survival of the child as a satisfactory result. Parents, how are you parenting your child?