Religiously speaking, I see it as my duty to raise [them] to become devout Muslims.
Pragmatically speaking, as a convert myself, I see the need of the individual to find a version of Truth he/she best understands...and I also see the pain a parent can feel when a child turns toward a different path.
I have a long road ahead as a parent and as a child, and I am sure I will develop more coherent thoughts, and more graceful wisdom, on this subject.
lori, i also would love to have someone to talk to on the buddhist path, and i was excited to read your post. my dh listens well and can talk to me about some of the issues that come up in my practice or in my dharma readings, but he doesn't sit himself and i think an intellectual understanding of buddhism takes you only so far. eventually, you have to start experiencing/realizing the various truths that dharma teachers talk about or you kind of plateau in your understanding. at least that's how i interpret my husband's ability to go just so far with all this.
i do have a meditation group, but oddly enough, few of the women in it sit outside of our weekly meeting, so there's only so much i can bring up there before they start to look at me weirdly (not really, they're very nice, but they just don't have much input for me.)
feel free to pm me if you want to talk more. or perhaps we could start a buddhist thread...
I think an initial, "hi there, wanna chat intro" pm is okey dokey, and I do it all the time. So far, no complaints. I welcome pm's
I'll pm about discussing Buddhism. I found another mamma on the threads from mentioning an interest in Buddhism, perhaps we can start a circle .
Being Christian, I also believe that there is only one way to God. That is Jesus Christ, who died for our sins. Therefore, if my kids don't follow Christ, they aren't serving God.
I don't care what church they end up at, as long as it's Christian and they are growing in their walk with the Lord.
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
14yo ds 11yo dd 9yo ds and 7yo ds and 2yo ds
But I don't know what my child's Judaism will look like, and I don't want to place any heavy expectations on it.
Once I was in the supermarket in my not-majority-Jewish neighborhood and I was behind a mom with her 3 or 4 year old. She was buying him a kind of cheesy looking plastic top, just because they saw it and she thought he might like it. (in matters of taste...) Suddenly, he began to sing at the top of his lungs in Hebrew: "sivivon, sov sov sov, Hanukah hu hag tov!" which is a Hanukah song about the dreidel, or traditional top. It was May or June! He was all smiles! It was so great!
That's what would make me happy, if this baby I'm having were fully delighted with the unique religion and culture we have to pass to her or him. It's not that I want my kid to do religion how I do it, I just want her to love it how I love it.
Divorced mom of one awesome boy born 2-3-2003.
So just to clarify i don't care what denomination or not they are so long as they are Christians (and not just talkin' the talk Christians but walkin' the walk Christians)
The truest answer to violence is love. The truest answer to death is life. The only prevention for violence is for the heart to have no violence within it. We cannot prevent evil through any system devised by mankind. But we can grapple with evil and defeat it, but only with love—real love.
That said, I will still love her nomatter what, I will continue to support her individuality...she has the right to make those decisions on her own.
While she lives in my house, I will request that she attends church with us (her family), but if she has decided to worship elswhere that is her choice.
although, she is small now...she doesn't have a choice as to where to go...she goes where mommy goes Until she can voice an opinion I will take it that she is a-ok with going to church with us
Having said all this, I recognize that this is one decision that I do not get to make. I had a particular religion shoved down my throat until I moved out of my parents house and I'm still resentful 20+ years later!
I obviously see great merit in the path I have chosen--but I want him to choose the path for its merit, and not out of fear of me, or his father, or society. He should choose because his thinking brain takes him there. Does that make sense?:
|How do others feel about their children's exposure to different belief systems?|
And I hold to Yammer's definition of a cult!
I was raised in a christian home and went to a catholic school. I still practice the belief that I grew up with but am able to look at other religions and beliefs and find value in all of them and realize that some are more advanced in some areas of thinking then my own and so I work at incorporating that into my own beliefs.
I think it was great of my parents to know that we were able to think enough for ourselves to decide what we felt was right for us spiritually, even at that young age. And allow us to experience a completely different way of practicing on a daily basis. I am greatful for their openess.
If I had a religion, I would encourage my children to participate, for the sake of being a part of a community. But what anyone carries in their heart is nobody's business.