At Circle of Hope, we talk a lot about “village parenting.” We are a community in Christ that needs each other to live into our calling. We live out our relationship with Christ in community. And we want to include the community in all aspects of our life, including parenting. In our society, parenting can be isolating. We might feel like we need to do it on our own and have all the answers. At Circle, we know that we can’t do it on our own. We need Christ and our community to help us raise our children. It takes a village to raise a child.
This Saturday, we have an opportunity to practice some village parenting. Inspired by a talk on sex at a Sunday Meeting, Christine Mumbauer had the desire to get together with other parents to share ideas on talking to our kids about sex. Talking to kids about sex can be anxiety-provoking and intimidating. She felt that if we could get a group of parents together to process our own experiences of learning about sex and talk through what we want to share with our kids; it would make talking to our kids easier and would help us clearly articulate our values and thoughts about sex to our kids.
This Saturday at 1125 Broad Street, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., we are coming together as a community to support each other in this important discussion. There will be lots of time to talk to each other, to share ideas, and to practice for “the talk.” We want to do this parenting thing together because we know we need each other and Christ in order to raise our kids well.
-Kim Crognale, reporting
Kim Crognale is the Circle of Hope Children’s Team leader. She’s also the member of our Leadership Team Core.