I go to a Unity church and we very much believe that children are a gift and that they should be celebrated and nurtured. Cherishing our children is a part of everyday consciousness and every church service. At the end of each service, the whole Sunday school group comes out to the front of the church and we sing to them:
Child of God I love you,
You are goodness, you are light,
Child of God you are wonderful,
You are precious in my sight.
I seriously had an emotional breakdown the first time I went to church there, because it was so different from the churches I had been to growing up. One of the books recommended by our ministers is "The 7 Spiritual Laws for Parents
," by Deepak Chopra, and it speaks to so much more than not spanking. I've learned so much from the book and from my church about allowing my kids to express their desires without my judgment, and about how beautiful it is to see the world through the eyes of a child. I've learned that when we are angry with a child (or anyone, really), we are not conscious. When we hurt someone or withhold love, we are not conscious.
It is a Christ-based church, but the focus is a lot different than other Christian churches. For example, we don't believe in hell after death. We believe that hell is what you live when you don't have Christ-consciousness, which doesn't mean getting saved or anything like that, and doesn't really have a lot to do with Christ the man. It could be Buddha-consciousness, Allah consciousness, whatever. It's the consciousness that's important.