What Does It Mean to Raise a Spiritual Child?

The link below is a fascinating story on NPR, about Lisa Miller’s new book, The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving Miller is careful to distinguish between spirituality and religion, and gives a broad understanding of spirituality. Along these lines, she notes that 20% of people are “virtuous humanists”—that they find the deepest meaning between people. Waldorf schools strive to develop what Miller calls a “multilingual spiritualism” throughout the curriculum and places spirituality—broadly defined—as an integrated and central element in educating children. She says that she so often hears from parents that the main reason they do not pursue a spiritual life is that they are too busy. However, she goes on to say, “there is nothing as predictive of thriving and even outward success as a strong inner life.” She adds, “The personal relationship to the higher power, that has been shown in adolescence to be 60% protective against severe depression, 80% protective against dangerous risk taking [sic]. There is nothing in the clinical or medical sciences as profoundly protective against the most common forms of suffering in the second decade as a strong, personal spiritual life.” What Does It Mean to Raise a Spiritual Child?