I'm a parent of three teenagers and I've just decide to leave the roman catholic christianity and join the atheist. How do I tell my kids? I need tips on how they will deal with peer preassure and…Continue
"Share with them why you converted. You're their parent and they should look up to you, so no doubt they might follow the same path. Show them the reasons why religion is just plain goofy and makes no sense, but also allow them enough space to…"
"Honesty is the best policy when it comes to raising children in my opinion. I would inform them that you changed your views, but leave it up to them if they would still like to participate in church activities and such. That should be their own…"
"I'd just avoid the word 'atheist'. Kids who describe themselves as generically Christian or even 'not religious' likely won't face all that much peer pressure at school.
As to community building, I might take kids to…"
"Teenagers usually have a good inbuild bullshit meter, just ease them out of religion slowly, start making your social circle include nonreligious people, and talk to them about all the possible reasons for leaving the church. They will probably want…"
"I usually go with the option of asking my child what the thinks about things when discussing difficult issues. Sometimes it even works to start there. In your case, "would you all mind if we stopped going to Mass?" may be a great start. We…"
"I'm currently married and my wife of over 13 year has quite a dileman herself. She agrees that there is not a god but she does not want to "confuse" the kids and "likes" most of the stories christianity teaches. The kids do…"
"My kids are 13, 11 & 10. We are still going to church and we are very active in the social group by volunteering, food drives and community gatherings. They are in public schools but we live in the south so people here are mostly christians and…"
I'm a parent of three teenagers and I've just decide to leave the roman catholic christianity and join the atheist. How do I tell my kids? I need tips on how they will deal with peer preassure and religion influence as they go to public schools or should I just wait until they are "older" to tell them about it?