As an atheist, I'm not at all surprised by this US study:
Kids with religious parents are better behaved and adjusted than other children, according to a new study that is the first to look at the effects of religion on young child development.Secular society hasn't, on the whole, found any substitutes for these vital goods:
Bartkowski thinks religion can be good for kids for three reasons. First, religious networks provide social support to parents, he said, and this can improve their parenting skills. Children who are brought into such networks and hear parental messages reinforced by other adults may also “take more to heart the messages that they get in the home,” he said.
Secondly, the types of values and norms that circulate in religious congregations tend to be self-sacrificing and pro-family, Bartkowski told LiveScience. These “could be very, very important in shaping how parents relate to their kids, and then how children develop in response,” he said.
Finally, religious organizations imbue parenting with sacred meaning and significance, he said.
1. The social networks that centre on churches.
2. Lives that value morality and sacrifice expediency for it.
3. Valuing children, actually having them, putting them first, not trying to "have it all".
And that's killing us.