What do you think of this paragraphs I'm copying from the Dec/Jan 2011 issue of Parenting School Years I received in the mail yesterday? It's in an article titled, "Beyond Belief; Raising a Spiritual Kid."
And that exploration is well worth the effort. Miller's research indicates that personal spirituality results in much more than just a nice warm, fuzzy feeling. She says kids who develop a sense of a loving higher power or a guiding force - whether they call it God, creator, Allah or simply "loving universe" - are 80% less likely to suffer major depression and 50% less likely to suffer from substance abuse as teens.
Similarly, a study from the University of British Columbia, in Canada, found that children who are spiritual (and researchers clearly separated "spirituality" from "attending church services" or "belonging to a church") tend to be significantly happier individuals overall. Having an understanding of something greater than themselves seems to enhance children's sense of personal meaning and purpose, and to reinforce their connections to their community and to other people.
It doesn't discuss the effect of 'religiousness' verses 'spirituality' on children, just discusses that a spiritual child is better off (as allegedly proven by statistics quoted above) than a child who is not spiritual. The article then focuses on tips to creating one's own spirituality.
What do you think of those paragraphs? Agree? Disagree?
Answer by kerp1960 at 10:53 PM on Nov. 23, 2010
Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 11:18 PM on Nov. 23, 2010
Answer by emptynstr at 12:42 AM on Nov. 24, 2010
I agree. The teen years can be especially difficult and I think having some type of spiritual belief helps teens realize that no matter how hard the situation is now it will pass. I think it can also help young people see the lessons during sad times instead of only the heartache.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 5:16 AM on Nov. 24, 2010
Answer by purpleducky at 9:07 AM on Nov. 24, 2010
Answer by kittieashy at 10:18 AM on Nov. 24, 2010
I agree. (my experience)
Answer by sugahmamma at 10:27 AM on Nov. 24, 2010
Answer by BubbaLuva at 11:02 AM on Nov. 24, 2010
Answer by NightPhoenix at 11:10 AM on Nov. 24, 2010
Answer by Kimimale at 11:22 AM on Nov. 24, 2010
Next question overall
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