The Primary Influence on a Child

A short excerpt from Total Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis

“For all the talk of peer pressure and the influence of the media, the primary influence on a child is the family. This is the context in which children learn values. But not much of that teaching occurs in formal “sit down and listen to Mother or Father for forty-five minutes” contexts! Most of it is done in life settings as situations crop up. Most of it happens in conversations as you are out walking the dog or washing the car. Much of it is in response to events in which someone has messed up, misbehaved, or made an error of judgement – all actions that in some way reveal what is going on in our hearts.” pg. 114


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