Spirituality: Father knows best

Written by: Dr. John Carosso
Wouldn’t it be nice to be omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, especially when it comes to caring for your kids? Well, you’ll never be any of those things, but you can introduce your child to someone who is. Imagine how comforting and reassuring for your child to know, during times of good and bad, that he or she is being watched-over, protected, helped, comforted, and that he is part of a larger, heavenly clan of his Father, brothers, and sisters. I have seen time and time again; children with a spiritual sense tend to have a stronger conscience, are easier to comfort, and have a better understanding and sense of purpose and meaning in their life. Parent can pull, for example, from the Bible to teach and help their child to understand about morality, compassion, love, the destructiveness of sin, and how to combat sin and, put more simply, how to stay on the ‘straight and narrow’. I can say, first-hand, that having a personal relationship with my Heavenly father is rewarding beyond words, and I relish sharing Him with my kids and watching them grow in their spiritual relationship. Even putting aside the reality of Christ and implications of turning away from God, I strongly suggest that you take advantage of developing, within your child (and why not within yourself too?), a strong spiritual life, based in a loving relationship with Christ. Otherwise, you lose access to an invaluable anchor and rudder that can be the utmost guiding force for good and joy. Comments on this post are welcomed:)

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Dr. John Carosso

Dr. Carosso has more than 30 years of experience as a licensed Child Clinical Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist working in private, inpatient, outpatient, residential, school, and home settings. He is Clinical Director of Community Psychiatric Centers (cpcwecare.com), a licensed Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic, and operates both the Autism Center of Pittsburgh (autismcenterofpittsburgh.com) and the Dyslexia Diagnostic and Treatment Center (dyslexiatreaters.com).