Questions tagged [religion]

Questions about religion in relation to parenting. This often relates to raising a child with a co-parent of a different (or no) religion, or how to answer religious questions of a child, particularly by non-religious parents.

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Is my Estranged Daughter just messing with me or is she really gender confused? [closed]

My estranged daughter whom I hadn't spoken to in Ten years and due to my mother's sudden death at the beginning of a custody battle I lost to the family with money and a Judge in their pocket. They've ...
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How do I introduce God to my child?

Myself : Was a staunch religionist. Life lead me to find my version of God which is the omnipresent nature. And for the most part I am inclined to the Buddha's way. Partner : Religious and prays to ...
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How to explain crucifixion to a child?

My 6 year old came upon a painting of the the Christ on the cross, and asked me what was going on. How do I explain this in simple terms ? We don't have a Christian background, and she's not been ...
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I’m 12, my parents are strict Christians, I don’t believe in god and I would love some advice on how to tell them

I have a sister, and she doesn’t believe in god. But she is financially independent and is much older than me. I feel filthy every single time I pray and really need a way to tell my parents I’m not ...
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How to teach children Santa is not real, while respecting other kids beliefs?

So I personally dislike the idea of Santa. Although the Siberian Santa Claws and Turkish Saint Nicholas origins are very cool, I find then contemporary concept of Santa is the antithesis of 'Christmas ...
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Considering private schools, including religious ones

My wife and I are preparing to send our son to private school and in looking at the various options, I'm wondering if we should include religious schools in the search. We aren't a religious family, ...
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How to prevent my child from being indoctrinated with Christianity? [duplicate]

Context: We are living in a Germany and have a small child (15 months) who will go to a public kindergarten at the age of 24 months. Problem: In our region, all public funded kindergartens also have ...
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How do I tell my parents that I want to leave Catholicism and become a Protestant? [closed]

I was raised as a Catholic--which I now believe supports idol worship (e.g. the saints and Mary). I simply want to leave and convert to Protestantism. However, my parents especially hate Protestants. ...
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Delegating godfather responsibilities to atheist brother [closed]

I have two siblings: a younger brother "Todd", and an older brother "Jack". Todd is a single father of three (realtor; lives in Canada; wife left for Europe and hasn't been in the family's life for 5 ...
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What to do when minor son is drawn into religious group?

I have a son from a previous relationship. He is 8 years old and lives with his mother. I am now married and have two other kids, and he is with us regularly about 20% of his time. I have shared ...
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What are some healthy ways to control the speech of a child when parents are absent?

In Pakistan, according to Wikipedia, there are blasphemy laws which can even result in death. In the USA, where I am, we have a constitutional right of free speech, which does extend to children (all ...
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How to explain that I don't got to church to my little cousin

First of all, I'm sorry if this is not directly a parenting question as I don't have children (yet) and it's about my little cousin. Please lead me in the right direction if you see the topic doesn't ...
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Difficulties in Raising Religious Children With Non Religious Fiance [closed]

Background: I was raised in an intellectual Catholic household where religion quietly infused everything we did. At the time it seemed totally normal but as I have grown up, I realized that my ...
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How to teach a 4 year old about religion in a non-religious household

Both my wife and I are non-religious and identify as non-believers. Our son goes to a church of england school, and today, has been sent home with a bible and has been told he is to read a passage, ...
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Opposing religious views causes serious problems with my mother

I am a 15 year old with differing religious views from my mother, who is Christian. I don't hate religion like my mother has come to believe, I am just not personally religious myself and she has ...
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Should I tell my parents that I don't believe in God anymore? [duplicate]

Good evening! I am a 19-year old Computer Science student living in Rotterdam, the Netherlands with my parents and I am having difficulty deciding whether I should tell my parents and other family ...
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How to stop my 8 year old son from doubting and/or speaking against the existence of God? [closed]

I am a Muslim, and so is my husband. Our 8 year old son is refusing to learn how to offer namaz and does not offer prayers either, and in his school, he has been slapped and beaten by teachers for ...
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Split-religion parents, should we baptize our children

Christianity, aside from it's appearance in bad light the past couple of years, has a lot of meaningful values. It teaches children to control their emotions through telling stories. The knowledge of ...
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As an agnostic how to respond to my toddler who points out to god and folds her hands to pay respect to it?

Child is 2 years 2 months old. I am an agnostic. I don't want my child to believe in God until she is 20 years old. Reason is that I believe that if the child below that age is repeatedly told by her ...
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How to be honest and sensitive while talking to my sister's children about religion?

Since there is no Uncle'ing on StackExchange, I figured the Parenting site is the closest match to my dilemma. First some backstory. My sister and I were raised in a mildly conservative (middle of ...
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How to become closer to a religious parent as a non-religious child

My mom is a devout Christian, and she holds tightly to her beliefs since that is what kept her hopes up when she suffered a kidney disease. Since I was a child she has always tried to get me more ...
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How to let children believe without imposing my religion?

I think that is right to let the children to believe in what they want, for example, when I was young my fathers never make me go to the church (Except for special cases). At this point of my life, I ...
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How do I tell my Mom I'm Agnostic? [duplicate]

I'm not a parent but this is a question for parents. I've been Agnostic for a while now, but my Mother is a Christian, and a very big one at that. I'm kind of scared to tell her, but that may be my ...
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Explaining death and dealing with mourning for a pre-schooler in an atheist family with religious extended family?

My grandmother, my 3.5 year old daughter's great-grandmother, is sadly very ill and could pass away at any time within the next few weeks. My daughter has yet to experience death (e.g. a pet dying) ...
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How can I tactfully ask that people refrain from giving religious items at a baby shower?

My wife has a baby shower coming up in a month or so and we are not religious, but both of our extended families are Christian. We've seen other members of her family receive religious items, like ...
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Can I insist my daughter to be non beliver in religions?

My daughter is 11 months old. Even though I am from conservative family, I am a non believer in any religions. But my wife believe in god. And she use to go church regularly. Now a days She is taking ...
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How can I make my kids passionate in science while being religious?

Please be considerate in your answers. We are an observant jewish family, although I was educated in secular institutions. I feel that I have a wealth of knowledge that I want to pass to my kids ...
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Ways to shield a child against religious indoctrination/pressure?

What effective methods (preferably backed by some sort of data) are there for avoiding religious indoctrination or pressure on a child? Some of the possible factors I'm thinking of are: Teachers and ...
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Should I allow or forbid my son to visit the education of a religion that I do not share?

I'm an Agnostic. When the topic comes to religion, I try to explain to my seven-year-old son what religious persons believe and why I don't share that belief. Until recently, he shared my scepticism. ...
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How do you help a seven year old navigate life and friendships in a region where your beliefs vastly differ from the beliefs of the larger community

A Little Background I was raised Christian, and still believe in God and Christ's message of love, but am estranged from most Christian Churches because I don't find them to be truly loving places (...
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Introducing my children into my disbelief in a Christian environment

While most of my adult life I've been trying to accommodate myself as both an agnostic and a non-theistic Catholic Christian, recent events had lead me to reject being a Christian and embracing my ...
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How do I tell my parents I'm no longer Christian?

I have been going to church my whole life and faithfully following the Christian religion for 18 or so years. I'm 20 years old, and I have been having doubts about my faith for about 2 years now. My ...
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How does one address Christianity with their children in a mixed faith marriage?

I am Christian (though admittedly, liberally so) while my husband is Agnostic. He agrees that it is appropriate for our child to receive some education in my faith, but we have been unable to find a ...
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How do I tell my mom that I am not Christian?

I have actually recently found a label for my religion (druidism). I am 15 and I actually established my personal beliefs years ago. I feel like a disappointment to my parents already because I'm ...
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How can I teach my child about Christianity?

I am a Christian myself but my husband is not. I would like to teach my child about my religion and I have been thinking of ordering books from online Christian bookstores. Is this the best option? ...
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How to raise a child between agnostic parent and believer relatives?

Few months back I turned agnostic. Don't have children yet. Other family members are believers, I am not. My mother tells me to pray to God and ask him to increase my salary/happiness/safety ...
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How do you teach morals and values in non-religious households?

There was a similar question to this one on moms4mom.com but I had trouble finding it earlier. My husband and I were raised Catholic, but neither of us believe any more. We have two daughters, and I'...
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Breaking my rejection of christianity to my parents

I know this isn't exactly appropriate for this site -- I'm not a parent, I'm a son -- but I think it's still applicable to the community here. I would prefer feedback from actual parents concerned ...
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As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?

I have two competing interests here and I'm not entirely sure how to handle this. On one hand I feel that the short answer, to questions about gods, of "some people believe that, but it's not true" is ...
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What are the psychological impacts of a split-religion household?

This is quite related to THIS question about how to deal with a non-religiously-participating child when both parents are Christian. My situation is a bit different, and while some of the answers at ...
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How do you teach a child religious views?

Since a few weeks my 2yo son refuses to pray for his food. His refusal probably has nothing to do with religion; being a 2yo he simply refuses to do anything we don't force him to. Nevertheless, this ...
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