When I was younger, I dated a fellow who told me that when he started school, he was fairly confused by the concept of religion and this being people called God, as it was never discussed at his house. He seemed to have real trouble with the notion that other people believed in this, and he couldn't wrap his thinking around it. That he mentioned it as a young adult indicates it was something he still had an issue with.
I have no intention of raising my children with any specific set of beliefs, except that of doubting and questioning everything, and my only real concern is that they might experience "religion shock" when they go to school and their peers start trying to indoctrinate them into various religions. I don't wish my children to view their peers as weird and alien for having a set of beliefs that are foreign to them, which unfortunately seems to be an issue no matter what you believe (or don't believe in).
So, aside from indoctrinating them into religion, which is just not an option, thank you ahead of time for the thoughtful suggestion, I wonder how I should go about preparing them to deal with the inevitable hostilities and ill will they likely will receive, for both not being familiar with the subject matter, and for not believing in it, without resorting to responding in kind.
Answer by Eek_a_Geek at 12:15 AM on May. 7, 2011
Answer by ImaginationMama at 12:12 AM on May. 7, 2011
Answer by CallMeAngie at 12:16 AM on May. 7, 2011
Before my children were born I educated myself on the basics of the world's major religions. I did this for myself and realized that no one religion is any more or less plausible. I have a healthy respect for other's beliefs, while realizing my path led me to believing that god is mans creation and some need him. I don't. My girls are teens now. They've grown up knowing what I and their father thinks and where the books are. Now they are on their own journeys and I am here for them.
Answer by ochsamom at 12:17 AM on May. 7, 2011
Answer by adnilm at 9:52 AM on May. 7, 2011
Answer by ImaginationMama at 12:16 AM on May. 7, 2011
Answer by Eek_a_Geek at 12:25 AM on May. 7, 2011
I read a book recently called Raising Freethinkers, you might find it an interesting read.
Answer by Love.4 at 3:02 AM on May. 7, 2011
Answer by lilangilyn at 10:30 AM on May. 7, 2011