Religion can help moms and dads feel happier about their roles — as long as the faith posits a supportive, rather than a punitive, God.
Daily prayer, weekly worship and the notion of "sanctification" — that parenting is a divine role — contributed to a mother’s or father’s sense of well-being and satisfaction, explains David Briggs, a writer with the Association of Religion Data Archives, who was reporting the findings of a study conducted by Baylor sociologist Jeremy Uecker, with Samuel Stroope of Louisiana State University and W. Matthew Henderson of Baylor.
"The belief that ‘you are doing God’s will’ may equip parents with a positive outlook that can help them through the ups and downs of parenthood," Briggs quotes Uecker saying.
But those who "believe in a punishing, judgmental God may find themselves under greater stress," Briggs writes, "if they interpret the trials of parenthood as a reflection of their own failure to live up to a divine norm of parenthood."
In other words, parents who see colicky babies, tantrum-inclined toddlers and rebellious teens as divine punishment are, well, a lot less happy.
|1.||You won’t believe the secret to this picture of Morgan Freeman|
|2.||USC's hiring affects Utah, BYU|
|3.||Recipes: 5 all-star holiday cookies from our archives|
|4.||Worries grow as cold, snow hamper search for plane in central Idaho|
|5.||Federal judge to hear arguments in Utah same-sex marriage case|
|6.||‘American Idiot’: Power chords fuel musical’s powerful story at Kingsbury Hall|
|7.||Utah dining out: Boba World offers stellar Shanghai cuisine|
|8.||KUTV wins, but Utah late-news ratings decline sharply|
|9.||Op-Ed: My brother, the Nobel winner, is a product of public schools|