Originally Posted by phathui5
We did do "baby dedication" ceremonies for our kids at church. They're like baby baptisms without the baptising, I guess. It's where the parents pledge to raise their children in the faith and teach them about God.
I have been hearing a lot about this lately. It seems to be getting really popular.
I am not religious and neither is DD's dad, and she is not being raised in any religion, and will not attend religious school. Growing up, my family was not religious, but I went to Catholic school, and converted on my own when I was about 12. My mom was raised Catholic, and although she does not go to church, she is always pushing me to take DD to church, I think because she feels it is some kind of status symbol.
MIL is really religious, but she is not in-your-face about it. She has expressed interest in taking DD with her to church, and if we lived near her, I would not have any problem with it. She sends DD religious themed stuff all the time -books, puzzles, coloring books with Biblical themes, etc. It doesn't bother me, so it's never been an issue.
Living where we do, it is inevitable that DD will be heavily exposed to Christianity growing up. I would guess that a good 90% or more of the population here is white, conservative, and Christian. Almost every car here has a bumper sticker advertising for their church.
As she gets older and starts to notice, we will discuss it. MIL has told her that "Jesus made her" and we've talked about how some people, including Nana, believe in Jesus, and she lost interest in the conversation.
If something regarding religion comes up, we discuss it. It comes up a bit at this time of year, especially when we get to talking about how not everyone has Christmas like we do, and how some people celebrate Christmas because of their religion, some people celebrate other holidays, and some people don't celebrate anything at all. Our library has a section for holiday books, and the only book left in the non-Christmas half was one on Hanukkah, so we checked that out and read it this morning; when we go back, we will see if any others are available.
I'm not really into exposing her to a bunch of different religions so that she will pick one, but I do intend to discuss things with her as they come up, especially because Christianity is so predominant around here, and I want to show her that there are a lot of different paths, and perhaps give her some insight into why people do things the way that they do.