It Takes a Village

An ancient African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Our individualized American society works against this idea but I believe we can be intentional about seeing it become a reality.

The current neighborhood we live in is full of kids. Hillary and I noticed right away that our new neighborhood was different than where we came from in Colorado. Like clockwork, around 4 p.m. the kids would start coming outside with their parents who were getting home from work. We all just hangout in someone’s front yard and talk while the kids play. In Colorado we just pulled into our garage, closed the garage door and spent time on our backyard deck. There is definitely a benefit to not being able to pull into our garage. This is the type of environment that I grew up in but unfortunately this type of neighborhood is becoming harder to find.

Next Sunday I am preaching on the role of the community in the faith development of children. How have other adults helped play a role in the faith development of your children? How can we build relationships in our neighborhood so that it can be a caring community for all?


About joelnewton

I am a husband to Hillary, a father to Anna and Norah

Posted on September 26, 2010, in Family Strategies. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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