Teach­ing kids val­ues doesn’t re­quire church

The Columbus Dispatch - - Letters To The Editor -

Once again we have a Dis­patch reader sug­gest­ing that the cure all for the ills that plague so­ci­ety is religion. In her Sun­day let­ter (“Re­serve Sun­days for church, fam­ily), Joyce Dur­ban sug­gests that tak­ing kids to church on Sun­days in­stead of ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties is the way to go.

While I rec­og­nize that religion pro­vides com­fort and sup­port for some, it is not a magic pill for all. There are many mean­ing­ful ap­proaches to teach­ing chil­dren right from wrong and to re­spect oth­ers. Do­ing so while spend­ing time to­gether does not re­quire faith and prayers.

Our week­ends are filled with vis­its to the zoo, COSI or an art mu­seum. We’ll par­tic­i­pate in a neigh­bor­hood event, at­tend a gym­nas­tics meet, see a movie, en­gage in a com­mu­nity-ser­vice project or sup­port a lo­cal busi­ness. We take trips to see fam­ily and ex­plore other cities. And, some­times we spend Sun­day morn­ings around the break­fast ta­ble dis­cussing our “highs, lows and spe­cials” of the week.

My wife and I have cho­sen to use these ex­pe­ri­ences to guide our chil­dren. They know they are not alone and al­ways have some­one to turn to. I am con­fi­dent that we are giv­ing them a solid foun­da­tion.

Robert S. To­bias New Al­bany

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