Religion can be a primary protective factor for children: however the value does not come from the teachings alone. It is not enough just to send your children off to worship and get a religious education. Family participation and example is equally important if you want the full benefit for your children.
"The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career. " — C.S. Lewis
"You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you." — C.S. Lewis
"All that we call human history--money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery--[is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy."— C.S. Lewis
"Consider the spiritual needs of your children. How much time is necessary to be certain you are being close to them? It is your responsibility as fathers and mothers to provide adequate time to teach them, for the most important instruction children will ever receive should come from their parents."
L. Tom Perry
There is a great deal of research on the subject. Please view the supplemental material as well as doing your own search on this website using the search tool above and by using the Google Parenting and Scholar search engines below.
Risk and Protective Factors for Sexual Health -- The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior
Perceived Parents' Religiosity, Friends' Drinking, and Hellfire: A Panel Study of Adolescent Drinking
New Studies Find Religious Involvement Strengthens Protective Factors
The protective influence of spiritual--religious lifestyle profiles on tobacco use, alcohol use, and gambling
Department of Human Services Risk and Protective Factors
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