Okay God has helped me with this question. So I know I will get some helpful advice from everyone who answers.
I'm sure it will be no surprise that I will teach my children what I have learned about the Lord and Jesus. There is still a good chance that they may find and want to explore new faiths. Now here is the question...
Since we can all agree I can be somewhat high strung.We can all agree so can teenagers or others. What is the best way to debate with my own child or his/her friends without making that parental mistake of saying something that will have them tune me out when they have that"I know better or more attitude."or if they judge me thinking that I haven't looked into things myself. (I used to be real bad about it so I expect it from my kids.) *Laughs*Please be nice and share what you have learned as a parent and a person of your own faith in this situation.If you haven't been there yet how would you do it?TY,GB
Answer by kscmbz at 10:44 AM on Apr. 25, 2009
I personally think that when a child decides to look at other faiths outside of their own they are already feeling a little unsure of their path and place in this world. I think it is best not to debate with them. Instead be supportive and listen. I am not christian but you are and your faith is very important to you so just be compassionate and show your child the qualities that make you a good christian and let them do their own discovering.
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Answer by bandgeek521 at 11:25 AM on Apr. 25, 2009
I have two daughters. A 12 year old (just stepping into the adolescent arena) and a 16 year old (right smack in the middle of the danger zone). Now I consider myself a pretty good teenager wrangler *hooks thumbs into belt loops* LOL. The secret to living (happily) with a teenager is to quell rebellion before it begins.
When our children are young they fit into our mould. They wear what we buy, they eat what we feed them, they go where we take them. If that journey of self discovery is stifled then they will rebel. Let them be themselves, talk to them, listen to them, and don't try to change them.
Answer by beeky at 11:26 AM on Apr. 25, 2009
I believe that religion is a very personal decision. One must find the path that suits them best. That is why (IMO) there are so many religions. There is no way one religion can meet the needs of some many diverse people.
I am Pagan, my husband is Agnostic. Many of our family members are Christian (various denominations). My children will learn about varying beliefs and be encouraged to research so they may find their own path. I will not debate religion with my children. I will discuss, tell them what I know and learn from what they have discovered during their studies.
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