how do you present religion to a child???

@GAGAN187 (287)
India
January 6, 2009 11:20pm CST
do you say , "this is what i believe in,so you should believe it too" or do you say, "here are all of the options. choose what you think is best."
7 responses
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
9 Jan 09
What worked for me with my kids is simply waiting for them to ask questions..the more they ask the more I let them know about my personal beliefs AND other beliefs out there..I also made sure to let them know that there is NO WRONG WAY provided they are good ppl it doesnt really matter what they believe just as long as it REALLY what they believe and they are decent ppl
• United States
7 Jan 09
Before my husband and I had children, we discussed this a bit. And, we've come to the agreement, that for us, we would take our children to our church and church activities, we would try to keep them in a Godly environment. As they get older (we are Protestant), they can choose to be baptised, and hopefully live the way they were brought up. Of course, people make mistakes. But, we want to teach them of a forgiving God as well. And, hopefully they'll make the choices that they feel are right within them.
@springs (926)
• India
7 Jan 09
I think religion is a way of living.That way they will choose their way of living.I dont want to impose my views on them and i dont want to make them believe that"it is our custom u should follow this.This will be childish".Make Humanism a global religion
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
7 Jan 09
With my children I showed them as much of the world as I could and then I said how did it get here? We spent many hours discussing both scientific and religious posibilities. Both of them came to the conclusion that G'd had to have started it all, but that He let evolution take its course. They read the Bible and they are both very spiritual, but you will never catch one of them getting involved in a religious war! Shalom~Adoniah
@dawon007 (184)
• India
7 Jan 09
The most important thing is that you should have good faith in the religion that you follow before you explain that to your child. If not try to study your religion and the other religion and if you are satisfied with the religion you follow, explain to your child why you follow it and all other basic things about it. As he/she advances in age you should give timely instructions about your religion and its teachings. Also allow your child to go to places were religious education concerning your religion is given Make it a point that the child doesn't go to any fundamental groups like the jehadists, RSS or other extremists. They will only give a perverted idea of your religion to your child and sometimes may even destroy his/her life by infusing communal hatred.
• India
7 Jan 09
i think it is better not to give him/her any options.. the child will obviously ask you what you are doing and you can explain that this is a religion and explain about it.. then he will ask you about other religion people.. you can explain that too.. once he/she become a little big and goes to school and all he/she will understand everything ... thank you
@kerriannc (4281)
• Jamaica
7 Jan 09
Children does not need to get the intricacies of religion. Send he/she to sunday school and let the child learn what is appropriate. When he/she is grown then changes can be made. Remember that the parents carried the sin of the child until he/she reaches 12 years old. The bible says parents should teach the child the he/she must grow.