"I suppose what I'm saying is - don't worry about what the grandparents do or say as much as you spend time with your child and make sure that you bring up things that happen and discuss your views on it. So if they take your child to…"
"I believe it’s about your relationship with your children. If you have love and respect for your child, they will trust your guidance and opinions. When they get to about 4 or 5 years old they will start to ask about death. …"
"I have been very lucky, my conservative Catholic in-laws live out if state. Every time they call and talk to my two kids they always end the conversation with "God loves you". It creeps out the kids, but still love their grandma anyway. I…"
"My little one will be born any day now and I've been having many of the same thoughts. I'll let others who have been through this give advice and suggestions, but I just wanted to say good luck! I'm sure that with rational, caring…"
"Ah Michael - that is another issue. My mother has always had more respect than to use underhand spy tactics. You are dealing with a fiercer animal than I am. My kids are 8 and 13 and think little of upsetting their RE teachers at school by saying…"
"I agree with you on the pointless discussion, and we seem to avoid that when we can. However, I don't know how much I trust their ability/willingness to avoid religious instruction surreptitiously...I have already found a children's prayer…"
"My view is that actions speak louder than words. I think that it is generally a waste of my breath to try to reason with a religious viewpoint, whether it be that of my mother or someone else. Their stance is inherently unreasonable. I have never…"
I've been thinking a lot about this since my son was born last year and still have come to no reasonably comfortable way to bring up that my son's mother and I will not be bringing him up in the church.My ex and I are atheists for different reasons and so we have different approaches. Her religious upbringing was much more laid-back, "natural" and passive. Whereas mine was, from my perspective, demeaning, aggressive (we once watched a movie called "Heaven's Gates, Hell's Flames" when I was…See More
"This is ridiculous and scary. Being a single-father who is an atheist (so is my son's mother) it's sad to think that if my ex were vindictive enough she could go to church for a couple of weeks and then decide to take away my visitation…"
"I have a hard time with this too; both of my parents are extremely religious and i have a lot of friends from my church going days years ago. I have to try to remember that they are good people despite their irrational beliefs and that i love them…"
Greetings, michael! I notice you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus lately. <sigh> Sometimes it can seem a bit fragmented, with different groups for every interest. Please consider a group for socializing, where we talk about whatever's on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D You might feel more at home.