Will you raise your children with the same belief system that you were raised with?
The goal is to give them the tools to reach their own conclusions.
We taught our Daughters about values and morals. We let them make their own decisions on religion and politics.
Mine was a little more stronger than the way I was raised. My views have changed since I raise my children however.
No, I'll raise them with the ability to make their own choices.
I'm not going to have children, but I wouldn't if I did. I have some different beliefs than my parents. But I would raise my kids to have their own beliefs & make up their own minds.
Of course! If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Some of the values, sure. But homophobia and Catholicism gotta go atleast. I'll let my kids choose what they believe, but I hope I parent them well enough so that they aren't hateful at the very least.
I am a Christian, my parents are still confused and undecided. I'll raise my kids to know who Jesus is and let them decide if they accept Him.
I didn't know Easter was about Jesus until I was a young adult :-/
I'm not sure how to answer this...I was raised by a Christian and an atheist. I've decided christianity is what I chose to believe. My children already know there are other options and they won't be looked down on for choosing otherwise but for now
They go to church with their Daddy and I. I guess the same as I was raised?
One of the most important things one can hand on to children is values. If I don't have confidence in my own beliefs, how is my child supposed to acquire anything worth having?
I'm going to raise my child to figure out what they want to believe for themselves. I'm gonna say "Daddy and mommy believe this; other people believe this. If you ever need a ride to any church, I'll be happy to drive you."
Yes, but expose them to other systems and allow them to choose what they want.
Definitely not. I'll raise them to question things and think for themselves and not to follow blindly what they're told and hold it as fact forever. They're their own people and it's not a parents place to force them into their belief systems.
No, not having kids is too much fun. :)
Lol, well, would you hypothetically?
Hypothetically have kids? LOL!
Nope. I will try to show them the resources for most beliefs (including atheism). They will be their own person, and I would have them decide what to believe/not believe. If they ask, and they have, I will tell them what I believe.
I was raised by a freethinking hippie. So I will definitely include a little bit of that into my kids life. But not much of it as it really didn't help with life.
Yes. Absence of anything but be decent and find your own way.
Sort of. Christianity, but SINCERE Christianity. They just didn't know any better. But my kids grew up with strong Christian beliefs like mine.
Your parents were insincere Christians?
No. My belief system is not the same now as it was then.
No, I was raised Lutheran but as an agnostic wouldn't rear my children in any belief system, I would always be noncommittal if they ask, they should find out for themselves.
Yes we did. But, the difference was that we had an open mind and encouraged free thinking.
Absolutely not. I was raised with a shitty belief system
What types of beliefs were you raised with?
Since I am female I am second class. I stay in the home to cook and clean. I do not question anyone or anything about that. My main job is to get married and be a submissive wife to my husband. Also I was raised very religious.
Yikes. I can see why you won't raise your children with that crap.
There's nothing wrong with any of that, @Rainey. That is your role as a woman.
Although, I'm betting that the 'second class' bit is your own interpretation of things. I know a lot of women who proudly embrace their role as a woman and do a great job of it, to boot.
If I have a daughter, I'm going to teach her to be happy. If she wants to be submissive to her husband, fine. But I want her to know there's more to life than that and that she doesn't need a man to be happy
According to her, we raised her to think for herself. I asked him once what he thought the kids of our generation (the hippie, atheist part anyway) would grow up to be, & he answered "religious fanatics." (The rebellion thing, I guess."
Not having any kids, but no. I was raised Lutheran. I'd be supportive if they found it on their own and felt they belonged there, but I wouldn't do that to a kid. I'd raise them to be curious, open minded, and skeptical of unsupported claims.
Love this way of thinking. Thanks, bud. ;-)
No, I knew better now ^.^ heh
Just curious, have your beliefs changed because of life experiences or from SOH and other online sites where you've met people with different ways and customs and faiths? I hope I'm not being too inquisitive.
I would say it is probably mostly due to the internet. SOH and other places.
But this past school year was the first time since kindergarten that I haven't gone to a Christian school, so that also probably has something to do with it.
And I don't mind answering questions:)
No! My parents were Catholic. I excommunicated the church at 14. I gave my son options. He choose Catholic. But nobody is serious.
No. I was raised as a Christian. I did not put my children through religious indoctrination.
For the most part yes.