Many parents find that the awesome miracle of creating a new life, as well as its daunting responsibilities, motivate them to turn to a higher power. For myself, I can't imagine having taken the plunge into parenthood without the comfort of my beliefs: My first baby was born when I was barely 20 and living 5,000 miles away from my own parents; I needed the reassuring safety net of God's love and example to bolster my own inadequacies. As I had four more children and watched them grow, I made it my goal to pass on to them all the things I valued most in life, including my Christian faith.
Marianne Neifert, M.D. (Dr. Mom) is a pediatrician, the author of Dr. Mom's Parenting Guide and a student at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver.