Joined: Jan. 2006
|Quote (Fross @ Mar. 27 2006,17:19)|
|Are any of you guys parents? My son is about to turn four, and he's as skeptical as you can get on the subject of God, angels, Santa, Easter Bunny ect. Basically if he can't see them, he's very skeptical about it. On the other hand, he is always afraid of "spooks" as he calls them. (ghost and monsters in his closet) We have to pound it in his head that he's just using his imagination. Like he'll run out of a darkened hallway screaming with fear "i'm using my imagination again!" with slight tears in his eyes.|
That is too adorable!
I have a 10-year-old daughter. She believed in Santa Claus up til a few years ago, but then started doubting it xmas before last. She asked us "there isn't really a Santa, is there?" We admitted there wasn't, and she was fine with it, but last xmas she sorta regressed and started believing in it again, perhaps fearing she would get fewer presents. I suspect this next xmas she'll have left the concept behind once and for all.
As for religion, we expose her to various things that either I, my wife, or close friends appreciate, including Buddhism, Unitarianism, and occasional stuff like Yogananada. Mostly the first two, but we don't give her big, mandatory doses of any of it. Our goal is to have her know lots of stuff exists, and to be open minded about what's out there, but to only have her participate to the extent she wants to. It's fine with us if she simply chooses nothing. We're also raising her to respect rationality as best we can. She asked me what evolution was once, based on something she saw on TV, and I explained it to her as well as I could. She got it, but she asked "but there's people who don't believe that, right?" So I had to explain that in a way a 10-year-old would understand.
We pride ourselves on raising our daughter in a way people like James Dobson and DaveTard definitely would not approve of.
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