There is one dilemma that keeps popping up for my husband and me as parents. The question has been asked many times, in many different ways. How will we raise our son? Will we bring him to church? Do we teach him about "God"? What about a higher power?
When it comes to atheist parenting, my husband and I have had many in depth discussions about what we will teach our son, and when we will teach him about it. My husband was raised without any religion or faith-based teachings, while I was raised Catholic. I remember from when I was small, early on I was never comfortable within the church or the classes I was forced to attend. We had attended the Catholic church for the sake of my paternal grandmother. She wanted us to be baptized and raised in the Catholic church. After my father had passed away when I was 12 years-old, my mother had given me the choice of still going or not. Back then I had made my choice. All throughout my teen years, I struggled to find a place to fit in. Instead of Catholic church, I attended Christian, Methodist, and many other churches, trying to fit in, to feel comfortable and to feel like I belonged somewhere.
As a parent today, I don't want my child to have to go through the same experiences I had to, but I also do not want to force anything upon him. Ideally, I would love for him to come to his own conclusions without any outside or inside influences. My husband and I have discussed it, and if it happens to be that our children want to go to church to see what it is like, we will be more then happy to take them for as long as they want to go. We want to be able to answer their questions to the best of our ability, but religion is such an incredibly delicate topic for many people, and children are highly impressionable beings.
When the time comes that they start asking about these topics, we hope to have quite a collection of books for them to pore through, all on the subjects of the different religions of the world. Rather then expose them to one, we would expose them to every religion, belief, etc.
I know that we still have a few years before he even begins questioning tough subjects like that, so we have some time to prepare ahead of time. I just hope that when the time comes, that we do have some answers for him. Photo Source