Question: How much, if at all, do you talk to your kids about religion or in any way influence beliefs on them? -vk0
Question: Do you think a lot about (trying to)/avoiding influencing some beliefs on them? -vk0
Question: How do you react to others influencing your kids with beliefs? -vk0
Question: How the f*ck should one approach the problem with religion when raising kids. Deny it, ignore it, or encourage it? –NewOne
Question: What would you mandate teaching children in schools (about religion) if you had the power? –Bones
Answer: Lot’s of questions about children and religion. So let’s hit them all at once!
Having two young kids of my own, the prospect of religion weighs heavily on my mind. Sooner or later my oldest will come home one day from school and talk about God. It’s inevitable so I believe it has to be addressed. I have already started talking to other non-religious parents on how they deal with it. I have my own thoughts on the matter, but I’m always looking for other opinions. So here’s gasmonso’s plan of attack for that ever-present problem called religion:
Firstly, I plan on NOT avoiding religion. That is one of the worst things you can do. It’s like not talking to your kids about sex/drugs and hoping that they will learn about it on their own. You’re a parent so do your damn job! With that said, what do you do?
Religion to me is like any other topic in history and can be discussed as such. My kids will learn about Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Atheism, and others. Of course it will be up to my wife and I to teach them, but we’re up for the challenge. Our goal is to educate our kids enough so they can make important decisions like this on their own. If they choose to be Christians, Muslims, or Jews, that’s fine with me provided that they came to that decision after some serious thought and understanding.
Now with that said, you’re kids are away most of the day at school and under someone else’s influence. This can present a problem unless your kids are equipped to deal with this. Hopefully, if we’ve done our job right, your kids will be able to think for themselves and entertain other people’s beliefs and traditions. I remember when my kids were born and my mother was very disappointed that our kids were not going to be baptized. I simply said that it was none of her business and if my kids choose to be baptized when they are old enough to understand what it is in the firstplace, then I’ll support them 100%. Basically, protect your kids until they can fend for themselves and teach them to think independently.
The last question is interesting. If I had the power to mandate religion in school, I would teach it just like any other piece of history or current event. I think the problem with today is that religion is NOT talked about enough. It only causes deeper divides among the various faiths.