Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Religion good for kids

I am in Washington DC for a few days to attend a conference given by Bob Novak. more on that later.
This study does not surprise me. Having a good moral basis gives a child a place to start. I always say that kids today have to rebel against something. Religion is a good basis to start life. You can rebel aginst it later if you wish , but you at least you have a basis for comparison. It is also a wy to link to your families traditions. I also have always believed that kids raised in families who say they have 2 religions , usually grow up with none.
Study: Religion Is Good for Kids
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
By Melinda Wenner

Kids with religious parents are better behaved and adjusted than other children, according to a new study that is the first to look at the effects of religion on young child development.

The conflict that arises when parents regularly argue over their faith at home, however, has the opposite effect.

John Bartkowski, a Mississippi State University sociologist and his colleagues asked the parents and teachers of more than 16,000 kids, most of them first-graders, to rate how much self control they believed the kids had, how often they exhibited poor or unhappy behavior and how well they respected and worked with their peers.

The researchers compared these scores to how frequently the children’s parents said they attended worship services, talked about religion with their child and argued abut religion in the home.

The kids whose parents regularly attended religious services — especially when both parents did so frequently — and talked with their kids about religion were rated by both parents and teachers as having better self-control, social skills and approaches to learning than kids with non-religious parents.

But when parents argued frequently about religion, the children were more likely to have problems. “Religion can hurt if faith is a source of conflict or tension in the family,” Bartkowski noted.

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