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This week we have Kristen’s mom in town. While our kids are playing it cool– they were over-the-moon excited that grandma could come spend a few days with us.

There’s a lot of talk about the impact of family in the development of Sticky Faith. Obviously, mom and dad are the most influential figures in a child’s life. But watching this video and hanging out with Kristen’s mom is a strong reminder of the power of grandparents in the lives of children.

I wonder how strong the correlation is between decreased religious affiliation of American youth (something we could call religious elasticity) and the decline in strong, central extended nuclear families? 

Anyone seen a study on that?

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