Science of Parenting: Does Religion Matter?

The Science of ParentingAMES, Iowa – “Do I have to go to church today?” How parents respond when children ask questions about religion and spirituality can impact their youngsters’ behavior. During April, family life specialists discuss how parents can help children as they begin asking spiritual questions in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“Questions about religion can be challenging for parents. You may be at ease explaining your own beliefs. But are you equally at ease with probing questions, especially about a religion or belief system different than your own?” asked family life specialist Donna Donald.

Children’s thoughts about spiritual themes are a natural part of human development, added family life specialist Lori Hayungs.

“As we discuss the research on this topic, join the conversation on the blog. Tell us about your own attitudes about religion and how you are guiding your child in developing a belief system,” Hayungs said.

Learn more from tips on the blog throughout the month and in a four-minute podcast. Through the Science of Parenting,, ISU Extension and Outreach specialists share and discuss research-based information and resources to help parents rear their children. Parents can join in the conversation and share thoughts and experiences, as well as how they handle parenting responsibilities.