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Dealing with the expectations of religious family members about your child

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September 29th, 2010, 05:55 PM
NavyWifey's Avatar Super Mommy
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Do you have family that wants/wanted you to christen/baptise your baby?
Anyone have a family that kvetched when you didn't enroll Junior in Hebrew school?

How did you deal with it? If you haven't hit that point yet, how do you plan on politely telling family to go piss up a rope?

I have a feeling I might need a backup plan or 40, so I thought asking you lovely ladies would give me a jumping point.
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September 29th, 2010, 06:25 PM
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Our in-laws continuously pressured us to "dedicate" our daughter. We just kept refusing or putting off the discussions and they eventually let it go. They also brought up sending her to a private Christian school a few times and we said "That's not what we're looking for for her."
We're cowards but it was honestly the easiest way to deal with it because of how they are. Since then we have casually mentioned numerous times that any decisions regarding HER future religion or lack thereof will be her decision and hers alone. They haven't objected but we gave them time and signs to warm up to it, KWIM?

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September 29th, 2010, 09:45 PM
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We allowed DH's sister (a priest) to baptize our oldest because my MIL kept bugging about it, but I don't think she knew we were atheists. I'm not sure she knows now either, but I am beginning to suspect she's finally putting two and two together about it. I don't really care... if she wants to baptize Daniel too, I'd probably let her. It's all nonsense to me anyway, so it's not like I think it will harm him or anything. If she sleeps that much better at night thinking that her grandsons' souls are safe or whatever, then good for her, I don't really care either way.
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