The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Parent at church, parent at home

What happens when mom or dad prefers 'St. Mattress?'

It happens every week at churches. Dad teaches Sunday school while Mom reads the paper at home. Or Mom carts the kids to church while Dad hangs back for quality time with St. Mattress. How can parents on different ends of the faith spectrum work together to teach their children about spirituality?

design pics“The couples that do well in these situations have open dialogues and they’re able to deal with differences,” said Stephen Treat, director of the Philadelphia-based Council for Relationships, which specializes in marriage counseling.

Parents who are split about Sunday worship work best in tandem when they follow three rules of thumb.

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