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What does religious doctrine say about Daycare? p3

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Cecil E. Maranville, in an article for World News & Prophecy (Biblical Perspectives on Current Events) published by The United Church of God, wrote the following to help readers increase their awareness and understanding of the debate over the use of daycare from a Biblical perspective:

Ephesians 6:3 reveals that the hope for preparing children for life-"that it may be well with you and [that] you may live long on the earth"-is that they obey and honor their father and mother (verses 1-2).

"Obey" means to listen attentively, to conform to authority. "Honor" means to prize, revere or place a high value on the parent. Can that be accomplished if most of the child's waking hours are spent with someone other than his or her parents? Implicit in God's instructions is that parents, especially mothers, should have a close relationship with their children. That can only grow out of spending time with them.

Does any scripture express this more beautifully than Deuteronomy 6:7? It shows the way to teach children-by communicating with them, as teaching situations present themselves. Those situations cannot be planned for, but rather present themselves spontaneously throughout the day.

The culture of true Christianity includes mothers who are devoted to the care of their children (Titus 2:4). The wisdom of the Proverbs warns that leaving a child without a mother's direction will bring her shame (Proverbs 29:15).

 -- "The Day Care Debate:  More Than Aggressive Babies" by Cecil E. Maranville, World News & Prophecy, Biblical Perspectives on Current Events, The United Church of God, June 2001 

The late Ezra Taft Benson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints* (from 1985 until his death in 1994) wrote the following about daycare:
*a.k.a. Mormons

"It is a fundamental truth that the responsibilities of motherhood cannot be successfully delegated.  No, not to day-care centers,...not to nurseries, not to babysitters.
...It is mother's influence during the crucial formative years that forms a child's basic character.  Home is the place where a child learns faith, feels love, and thereby learns from mother's loving example to choose righteousness.  How vital are mother's influence and teaching in the home -- and how apparent when neglected!"
-- (Ensign, Nov. 1981, p. 104)

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