| Originally Posted by TA Maureen |
Just want to offer a different point of view for those worried about "forcing religion" on your children. If you believe in a certian religion and practice it I don't think exposing your children to that by taking them with you to Church (or wherever you to worship) and having them practice your faith with you is forcing it on them. I can't imagine participating in my religion but not having my children join me in that. When they get older it's up to them but when they are children it's up to me and my personal opinion (just mine) is it's better to expose them to something (whatever something is to you) than nothing. Just thought I'd offer up the other side of that coin for whatever it's worth!
where i struggle is not wanting to force non-religion on a kid by not taking them. luckily i have a while to figure things out, but it's something I've been thinking about for years.
I went to church a lot as a kid, but it was never forced on me. if i wanted to stay home on a sunday, I could. My mom picked our church based on how good the youth programs were, which is why we switched denominations when we moved. She was the leader of the young girls group & was our conselor at church camp. I was in the kids choir & played handbells. These were all things I really enjoyed as a kid. it was also my own choice to stop going. I really appreciate my mom being so open to letting me be different than her.
What I struggle with is what to do with my own kids. Do I start going to church just to take them? Let them go with friends? One thing I liked growing up was that I could attend any chuch I wanted. I had friends who were not allowed to attend church with me.
just as I had friends forced to attend chuch, I also had some that were not allowed to. I want to let me future kids be their own person, I just don't know how to do it. I don't want to attend every sunday, but i wouldnt mind going occasionally so my kids can experience everything, but im not sure if thats confusing.
anyone else struggling with this?