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Church attendance is linked to stronger families

There is a link between church attendance and strong families

According to Patrick Fagan, Ph.D. and +William H. G. Fitzgerald, Senior Research Fellow in Family and Cultural Issues, families who attend church regularly are more likely to have healthy, strong relationships with better behaved children than those who don’t attend church.

Other benefits of church attendance…

Church attendance leads to a decrease in domestic violence, drug abuse and addiction.  Father-child relationships as well as mother-child relationships have been determined to be better when both parties attend church regularly.   Parents who attend church feel a stronger need to stay in their kids’ lives. Parents are also more likely to support their grandchildren if they have attended church with their children.

In Conclusion…

Pre-marital sex, divorce rates and out-of-wedlock children are less likely to happen in families that attend church together. Mental health and happiness increase and stress decreases. Without religion, there is no common thread that runs through a family. There is no set of standards that cannot be objected. Attending church gives a set of moral standards for a family and brings them closer together. Take a look at this excerpt from George Washington’s farewell speech:

“And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.”

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  • Mommy23

    Sooooo needed this! Thank you Michelle Dugger for being so willing to put herself out there as a human (not perfect) example. She doesn’t try to act like she has it all figured out perfectly. She is so gracious and non-judgemental. Thank you Susan Merrill so much from a mom who also tends to have a bit of a temper and gets weary and frustrated at times. We are fighting the good fight though.

  • Tosin A.

    When angry whisper. That needs to be my daily mantra as a mother. *takes deep breathe*

  • Jenna Sears

    Great suggestions– I especially enjoy the idea of whispering– not sure how they are ever going to hear me, but I’m going to give it a try! “Soft Spoken Parenting” by Dr. Wally Goddard promotes similar ideals for parenting. Thanks for the reminder to show more love!

  • cdl5555

    This is ridiculous. I realize that times are changing, but let go of the umbilical cord mom’s! Yes, get to know the parents, Yes, have a way to communicate with your child when they’d like to come home. That’s all great, but seriously, “g-rated movies” and “computer filters” and then you lump that in with “don’t micromanage”. A little contradicting? Let them go, see how they do, and assess if you should do that again.. Go with the flow. Children connect best with someone approachable, not the mom handing out rules like M&M’s