Being the child of a preacher or pastor comes with many expectations. Normally, those expectations are really high. Because your parent holds a higher title in the church, you are to act, speak and look a certain way. You are to be exactly like your parents, to say the least, holy like. “It is ok for the members kids to act a certain way yet if the preachers kids act like that then suddenly the parents are horrible people. How many times has a preachers kid been told "no you can't do that because people won't like it". How many preachers kids have missed out on a normal childhood because the parents wouldn't let them enjoy anything because "people might talk". You can't go to the movies, "it doesn't look right", "if people see you there then they won't come to our church" etc. How many preachers daughters were made to wear dresses because "preachers kids don't dress like the world". How many preachers kids weren't allowed to fall asleep in a late night service (never mind all the other kids were asleep) because "they were supposed to reverence God"? or what about the preachers kids that couldn't play sports because mom and dad were ministering somewhere every single night and they had to be in church with their mom and dad otherwise people would say "they aren't raising their children right, they tell us to make our kids go to church but theirs aren't here".” (Preacher’s Kid). But is it fair to be held up to standards that a child never asked for?
I am all for raising children in the church. I believe when kids are brought up in the church, they have a stronger foundation in life. They are not easily influenced and they seem to always achieve more in life. It is important to begin to have a relationship with God at an early age; that way, when you are older and are faced with obstacles you will know who to turn too, God. I also believe in letting a kid be a kid. It seems as if preacher kids are often robbed of their childhood. I don’t mean to let your child...
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