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How can I help my child develop spirituality?

As a parent, it's important to provide your children with a spiritual life. Researchers find that high schoolers who perceive religion as important in their lives are less likely to smoke, drink and use marijuana. Religion is important in many ways: boosting kids' self-esteem, providing a sense of community and offering a healthy option for problem solving. Self-esteem matters in other ways as well: girls with high self-esteem are much less likely to have sex at a young age than those who think little of themselves.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Recent research suggests that one of the biggest influences on how a child develops emotionally is how grounded he is spiritually. In this context, spirituality doesn't refer to religion but to having a sense of one's place in the universe. For a child, this means how she fits into her immediate community -- her family -- as well as progressively larger communities she is exposed to (her neighborhood, her school, and so on). How can a parent help achieve this? Lots of ways, like creating family rituals around birthdays and holidays, participating in community events like parades, and volunteering as a family to help those less fortunate.
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