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Did you teach your kids your beliefs from the getgo or did you wait for them to start asking questions?
Do you teach them about other beliefs out there or figure they'll learn as they grow and you'll answer questions as they come up?
We've been raising Bella as a Pagan since birth. She's always gone to ritual, always partaken in cakes and ale, she pulls Tarot cards and sings Pagan children's songs. I also try to introduce her to other religions. A few weeks ago she went to her first Catholic mass and I was absolutely amazed at how well she behaved for her first time ever in a church! We, of course, didn't do communion since were not actually Catholic but I felt it was important for her to witness it.
I hadnt decided how to handle this so Im waiting more for his interest to be piqued. He sees my cards, crystals, all that, just doesnt have any interest... I do plan to introduce other beliefs. I think its important to have a basic respect for other faiths.
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I'm having a hard time with this because DH has insisted that the kids be taught Christianity since they've been old enough to go to Sunday School. Robbie is just starting to ask questions about my cards, crystals, especially about why I don't repeat the prayers and go to communion at church...
Now that Robbie's starting to ask questions, I'm going to start teaching the about other religions, especially Paganism.
We've raised them in and around Paganism since birth... Seamus (6) didn't start joining me in rituals until he was 4. I think we'll wait until Rhiannon (3) is 4 too before we have rituals together, same with Brigit (6mos). However, several local families and myself have decided to create a children's coven (called Faery Moon Children's Coven) and we'll be having our first meeting on Imbolc. While I'm not going to do rituals with my girls until they are 4, they are welcome in the group rituals we're having at Faery Moon.
We answer their quetions and talk about things here and there but we havent formally taught them certain things. We've told them what we believe and what some others believe.
We figure they'll come to their own conclusions. If they want to be in a ritual they will ask and its all good. If someday they want to go to church then fine.
I was born and riased in one particular way and I kinda want to avoid that as best as I can for them.