I was raised Catholic. My husband Methodist. We don’t go to church often except for holidays, events etc and when we do it’s generally Methodist but only because my mil has coerced us into going. My husband wants to baptize her in a Methodist church and I the Catholic Church. Here’s the thing even though neither of us is super religious there are certain things that I grew up with that I lear... More
How the hell do you deal with religious fanatics in the family who force and coerce your child to become a member of their religion? My mother has found her dedication to the Christian faith in her later years. "You do you" is my stance, so hooray for her, but for my baby I'm letting him choose what religion, if any, he'll follow. That means I am not having him baptized in an... More
Back story: I’m pretty much an agnostic but converted to my DH’s faith and we raise our LO in the faith. Now with Christmas coming up my mom has been asking us what we wanted. DH never replied to it and now recently said he can’t take x mas presents and they shouldn’t get LO presents either. But my mom has already bought us stuff so he said to give it as end of the year gifts or New Years gif... More
I grew up with Santa but have chosen not to do Santa with my daughter. I still understand the need to explain Santa. A coworker of mine said that her sister was trying to explain to her kids who are just now discovering that Santa is not real. Now they feel like their parents have lied to them for years. I came across a cartoon that explains Santa and all the different gift givers from all over... More
I've been conflicted with the idea of telling my 4 y.o. that Santa isn't real. It's been a big struggle for me. My husband and I want our son to understand that "Jesus is the reason for the season". It feels like with today’s society kids expect SO many presents and gifts are becoming obnoxiously expensive. We're not wealthy, but were not poor either. We want to better... More
I am planning on baptizing my son this month (November). The church designates certain days of the month they will baptize. With the holidays fast approaching, I was going to book his Baptism party in January. Do you think that is ok to have Baptism in November and the celebration party in January? We are having a large party with about 100 ppl. Also, what date should I put on the favors at t... More
Looking for new retorts to have on standby for when I visit my uber Catholic martyr grandmother for the holidays. Usually just blow her off and say no, no, no... but it doesn’t seem to sink in. I’m sure she’ll never stop, but I would like some respectful ways to shut her off if that makes sense at all.
My partner is an atheist, but we’ve agreed to raise our kids in my faith. I wasn’t as religious before but having kids changed that, I want them to grow up without doubt in our faith etc . Now with Halloween coming up my in-laws are asking if I’m taking our baby trick or treating, being that it has paganism behind it I don’t want to, but they bought them a costume and asked to at least just com... More
Our 5 year old son usually goes to Sunday School at church, but last Easter he sat with us. Since then, he's had questions about death, heaven, God and Jesus, why's and why nots, when will he die, when will we die, he doesn't want to die, he doesn't want to be without us when we die, where is heaven, where is God, etc. These are things hard enough to understand as an adult. Do... More
My daughter (and future children) will be raised in a non-religious family. Both my husband and I are atheist. How would you address religion when a child asks about it? I'm certain these questions will come up as her cousins are growing up in a strongly Catholic family and even at age 2 are being taught to pray before bedtime, etc. I'm just really unsure how to even explain what religi... More
Any suggestions???. My boy 2 yr old, and boy 4 yr old will not sit still. They have been in church since new born and still cannot sit still. I have tried everything. We get new quiet things to do to keep them busy, we have snacks, we take them out. Any suggestions??!! Thank you!
Hey! So my family is super Roman Catholic. We even have an uncle as a bishop! I believe in Jesus but not so much organized religion. My kids are the only two in my family who haven’t been baptized (3 month old and 19 month old). I want my kids to be able to understand what’s happening and get baptized when they are older. I want to teach them about many different religions first and have them C... More
I hope this question doesn’t offend anyone... Did any parents on here choose to baptize your child/ren into your faith without really practicing your faith? If so, what were your reasons for doing so? I’m feeling conflicted about this issue. I don’t really practice the religion in which I was raised and neither does my husband. We sort of feel the need and want to do the same since that’s ... More