NASHVILLE (BP) – Most Americans believe good mothers and fathers must be loving, supportive and protecting, but fewer see the necessity of parents having a commitment to Christianity or religion, according to a LifeWay Research survey released May 7.
The survey, conducted in March, gauged opinions of the expected roles of parents at a time when Americans typically begin giving thought to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
According to the survey, “loving” is the No. 1 characteristic deemed mandatory for mothers (85 percent) and fathers (79 percent). After “loving,” four of the next five characteristics are shared, including “supporting,” “protecting,” “encouraging” and “involved.”