Spirituality Poll

Has raising kids influenced your views about spirituality? Most parents say yes. Check out the details from our poll below.

In a Spirituality poll Parents magazine conducted with Beliefnet (a site devoted to helping users explore all sorts of spiritual paths), over 3,000 parents weighed in on how they instill faith and values in their children -- and how they answer their kids' tough questions about God.

Sixty-four percent of those who participated said they've grown more spiritual or religious since becoming a parent. Fifty-seven percent said they attend a house of worship more than once a week; and 90 percent said they talk with their kids "about God or a higher power."

Here's our questionnaire -- and what parents had to say about faith.

1. Which of the following best describes your attitude toward religion?

  • 54.2% I follow an organized religion
  • 19.1% I am religious but not very active in an organized religion
  • 25.9% I consider myself spiritual but do not follow an organized religion
  • 0.7% I'm not really a religious or spiritual person

2. How often do you attend a house of worship?

  • 21.7% More than once a week
  • 35.2% Weekly
  • 15.8% Monthly
  • 11.8% Only on holidays
  • 15.3% Never

3. Have your feelings toward religion changed since becoming a parent?

  • 64.1% I am now more religious/spiritual
  • 2.3% I am now less religious/spiritual
  • 33.6% My feelings have not changed

4. Which activities do you regularly do with your child(ren)?

  • 48.1% Pray at bedtime
  • 59.9% Pray at other times
  • 46.9% Read Bible stories or other religious stories
  • 30.2% Watch children's videos/DVDs about faith
  • 62.2% Say grace at meals
  • 90% Talk about God or a higher power

5. Do you and your spouse or partner share the same religious goals for your child(ren)?

  • 51.1% Yes, we're completely in sync
  • 24.4% Yes, but it's a struggle
  • 24.5% No

6. What is the single biggest challenge to raising a child with religious or spiritual values today?

  • 24.2% Busy schedules
  • 3.3% Scandals involving clergy
  • 33% Society's general lack of support for religious values
  • 25.8% Conflicts between the practice of religion and everyday life
  • 13.6% None of these

7. What is the single most important thing you'd like your child to gain from religion?

  • 62.8% A firm belief in God or a higher power
  • 27% Knowing right from wrong and other moral values
  • 6.6% A sense of identity
  • 3.6% A sense of community

8. Have you had or do you plan to have a religious ceremony for your child (e.g., baptism, Bris, First Communion, Bar Mitzvah, coming of age)?

  • 78% Yes
  • 22% No

9. What is your gender?

  • 12.5% Male
  • 87.5% Female

10. What is your age?

  • 7.4% 18-29
  • 40.6% 30-44
  • 42.2% 45-59
  • 9.8% 60 and older

11. Which of the following best describes your religious affiliation?

  • 18.2% Christian -- Catholic
  • 1.8% Christian -- Orthodox
  • 28.8% Christian -- Protestant, Non-denominational
  • 20.3% Christian -- Other
  • 8.9% Jewish
  • 0.8% Muslim
  • 0.9% Buddhist
  • 9.9% Spiritual, but not religious
  • 0.1% Atheist/Agnostic
  • 10.5% Other

Do these results reflect your views? Visit our Community boards and tell us what you think -- and share how you teach your kids about spirituality.

Copyright © 2007 Meredith Corporation.

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