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Since most parents deeply desire to give their children all the nurturing, caring, advantages, protection they possibly can—even aspiring to be an ideal mother or father—why do many children complain about how badly a parent has failed them? Why do parents bitterly cry, "Oh, where did I go wrong?" when one offspring fails to live up to their expectations?
Child psychologists and experienced educators do not always agree on what determines the behavior and success of a child. While some emphasize environment as the determining factor, others feel heredity is the basic influence. But where can parents find the direction they need for one of the most influential jobs there is—being a parent?
Students of Christian Science find guidance in the teachings and example of Christ Jesus, and also in the writings of Mrs. Eddy, which affirm the relationship of each of God's children to the one creator. They acknowledge that the environment of God's child must be good, the good God has created. God's ideas associate only with God's ideas, in His divinely governed universe. Furthermore, neither material genes nor molecules can be found in a spiritual idea, for there is not a single element of matter in man, the manifestation of Spirit. When the lies of mortality are consistently refuted with spiritual facts, a measure of regeneration, rebirth, restitution, and rejoicing is brought to the human situation.
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New, improved parents?
ELAINE H. NATALE
ARLINE WALKER EVANS
BETTY SPRUILL GILLINGHAM
The forgiveness that heals
KATRIN E. SCHOONMAKER
A spiritual approach to parenting
STEVEN ALAN AVEY
The power of gratitude
LARNED L. TUTTLE
On duty: Reading Room
MARY ANN JACKSON
FROM THE DIRECTORS
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Using the key
CAROLYN B. SWAN
Childbirth: what a father can do
WILLIAM E. MOODY
Stay on the trail
Keo Felker Lazarus
In November of 1979 I was told by a doctor that...
At one time when a member of my family and I were discussing...
DORIS M. GROVES with contributions from JANICE GROVES MARTIN
One evening I was invited to play tennis
CORNELIS A. HOEKSTRA
I became interested in Christian Science during a period in my...
RENEE D. VAN NIEL with contributions from PIETER J. VAN NIEL