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Faith Matters: Jesus and Great Families

January 4th, 2013 3 comments

How important is a vital relationship with Jesus in raising healthy and happy children? The social science data consistently demonstrates the critical connection between faith and strong families.

Did you know…

Parents who attend church are more likely to enjoy a better relationship with their children [1] and to be more involved in their children’s education [2].

The emotional closeness shared between parents and their children is directly related to the child’s religious involvement [3]. The more active the child is in church, the greater the quality of relationship with his or her parents. This was largely due to the shared values which result from faith in Christ [4].

The social science data confirms the simple truth that families who worship together stay together! As parents, let’s commit to leading the way in our love for Jesus and in our commitment to make family worship a priority in 2013.

[1] Lisa D. Pearce and William G. Axinn, “The Impact of Family eligious Life on the Quality of Mother-Child relations,” American Sociological Review 63, no. 6 (December 1998): 810-828.

[2] W. Bradford Wilcox, “Religion, Convention, and Paternal Involvement,” Journal of Marriage and Family 64, no. 3 (August 2002): 780-792.

[3] Lisa D. Pearce and Dana L. Haynie, “Intergenerational Religious Dynamics and Adolescent Delinquincy,” Social Forces 82, no. 4 (June 2004): 1553-1572.

[4] Ibid.