I got me a place of my own and my parents were kind enough to sign me up for their church's newsletter I glanced at it and came across this article..... figured it would get some discussion going.
Religion is Good for children
Children with religious parents are better behaved and appear happier than children reared by parents without the influence of religious faith, a new study has shown.
The first study to examine the impact of religion on the development of young children was authored by John Bartkowski, a sociologist with Mississippi State University. Bartkowski's team questioned the parents and teachers of more than 16,000 children, asking the adults to rate the children (most of them age 6) on self-control, frequency of poor or unhappy behavior, and their ability to respect and work with peers. The results were compared to the parents' rate of attendance at church services, how frequently they talked about faith with their child, and whether or not there was arguing over religion in the home.
The children of parents who regularly attended church services and talked with their child about religion were rated by both parents and teachers as showing better behavior, self-control skills, and social skills than children from non-religious families. Children whose parents both attended church regularly were rated as having the best behavior and being the most well-adjusted.
"Suffer the little children to come unto me" Mark 10:14