Don't you just love whent the media trumpets ageold truths like the latest news?! Here's a new study from University of Mississippi Sociology Professor John Bartkowski who thinks religion can be good for kids for three reasons.
First, religious networks provide social support to parents, he said, and this can improve their parenting skills. Children who are brought into such networks and hear parental messages reinforced by other adults may also “take more to heart the messages that they get in the home,” he said.
Secondly, the types of values and norms that circulate in religious congregations tend to be self-sacrificing and pro-family, Bartkowski told LiveScience. These “could be very, very important in shaping how parents relate to their kids, and then how children develop in response,” he said.
Finally, religious organizations imbue parenting with sacred meaning and significance, he said.
Finally, a sociologist worth listening to!
Source: Fox News