Tony Amaradio, financial expert, talks about the link between religion and the success of children. If a kid goes to church, they are more likely to develop leadership traits. In the past, Amaradio has shared his expertise to educate kids about money, while stressing the importance of lifelong giving. In much the same way, his keen insights gleaned from a career of impressive accomplishments and bolstered by his own strong spiritual beliefs, clearly illustrate how youngsters benefit from being devout while preparing them to be steadfast, disciplined, and compassionate adults. Many studies support Amaradio’s belief that kids holding deep spiritual convictions are better equipped to confront life’s most trying challenges. A Mississippi State University study of more than 16,000 elementary school children found that those who discussed religion and accompanied their parents to church regularly were calmer, more eager to learn and exhibited better social skills than their peers. Other studies published by the journals Social Behavior and Personality, Developmental Psychology, and Family Relations concluded that young people with a faith-centered upbringing also felt closer to their families, due to the sense of community and emotional stability that shared worship brings. When studying the Bible’s teachings becomes a joint act among family members—and is reinforced in the home—the word of God becomes an integral part of kids’ lives. Though the simple act of waking on Sundays to regularly visit church gives children a sense of responsibility and self-control, the lessons and accounts discussed can create a pathway to success that is supported by wholehearted involvement in church activities. Through worship services and the endeavors of youth groups, kids learn how to work together in groups, how to comfort those in need and even how to speak in public. Tony Amaradio also reminds parents that a great benefit of a churchgoing childhood originates right from the scriptures themselves: following the trials and tribulations of religious figures, kids are given a blueprint of how to face character-defining issues of temptation, perseverance and forgiveness. Faith also helps children succeed by giving them peace of mind. With church services kids are provided with a moral compass to guide them through our often-perplexing world, while private prayer gives them the time they require for spiritual reflection. Removed from the distracting complexities of daily life, quiet moments help instill a serenity that allows them to open their hearts to God. In turn, kids cultivate a personal and spiritual connection that also gives them the clarity to see the bigger picture—and to make considered, wise decisions throughout their lives. Tony Amaradio is a leading financial strategist and proud founder of two highly regarded wealth management companies, a sought-after speaker, and former host of the popular financial radio show “Market Talk,” which he aired for more than twenty years. He currently dedicates a good portion of his time to philanthropy, giving talks about charitable investments and meaningful causes. He also co-authored a book with his wife Carin: 2009’s Faithful with Much: Breaking Down the Barriers to Generous Giving, which is recognized as a comprehensive and inspiring guide to achieving effective financial management.
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