I grew up atheist, have always been either atheistic or agnostic, and usually find the concept of a deity to be rather hard to swallow. On the other hand I really wish there was a God or some sort of essential meaning extant in the universe. From my extensive reading and thinking about things I am sometimes convinced that life is essentially empty and devoid of meaning. For some people an existence without boundaries or rules is liberating but I have a hard time dealing with it and usually have to try to distract myself from thinking about it all. I think having a deity on your side and some objective rules to live by would be extremely comforting. Of course this doesn't justify coddling your children from the realities of the world, but I don't think that there is any actual benefit to atheism. However I have no doubt I am in the extreme minority in this view.