Originally Posted by gaialice
Absolutely. And not only we adults are all spiritual beings and have deep spiritual needs, but the kids also. The point I am trying to make - also in my previous point - is that for the OP - this incident of her dd being read some stories from the bible (that apparently her dd was interested in) could be a sign that this is a good time to start reading and learning about religions with her. But not just through books. Looking at the sea - how each wave becomes one and distinct from the sea itself and can be ever so powerful and strong and then blends into the sea again as is ceases to be one individual wave ... this can be a deeply spiritual moment too, and children should (in my view) be encouraged to express their spirituality in the way they like best.
I agree, I also think that we are deluding ourselves to think that we can present an entirely unbiased perspective to our children. Our beliefs will always hold more weight with our children than others do, until they become old enough to really think critically. My mother was very open minded, introduced us to all religions, she knows history and religious history very well.
I think it is the same, in that we can feed our children little sugar, healthy food etc, teach them about health and be tolerant of those who feed their kids only junk food but in the end our children will grow up "believing" in their reality, in those values you put forth in your house.
Therefore it's completely impossible to remain completely unbiased in our teaching, and I'm not sure it's that healthy either, I think that is part of growing up. If you don't learn about things from passionate people and then either accept or reject what they are teaching then you learn little.
As long as we don't try to force it upon them, indoctrinate them with senseless and illogical beliefs, and encourage them to think for themselves, we can only hope that we have taught them to think critically as adults...
So as to the OP's question, limiting or avoiding topics, would be censorship really right? We can only learn to be tolerant of people, their faiths, their cultures etc... by learning about them, not by being fearful of them. Because in the end Christians, Atheists alike, we'd be better to spend our time teaching our children to be loving, caring and well balanced people, however we see fit, and however we think we can best do that, than to worry about who created us or how we were created.