Jessica (his preschool teacher) said that it is bad to say that. Why is is
bad to say that mommy?" How the hell does a atheist mother answer that one? I
don't think it is wrong to say, but I know social culture finds it wrong. The
best answer I could come up with is "well Jayden we don't say that because it
would hurt some peoples feelings." But I am still left with a feeling that I
misguided my child and should have told him it was fine.Is it right to teach him
to blend and respect others beliefs? Should I teach him that there is other
ways of thinking and that it is ok, even preferred, to think
differently than others? What should I do when he comes to me and asks me about
god? This has already happened and I don't know if I handled it right.
Jayden asked me if he needs to do the right thing because god wants him to.
I told him that we do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. I
don't want to push him away from a faith system but at the same time I want him
to grow up and be a free thinker and not have to deal with the religious
guilt I had to. I also don't want him to grow up and think it is right to
judge others and most faith systems advocate hate and judgement. On the
other hand I remember how comforting is was to have a faith system during
the really hard times of my life. I feel I am doing the right thing raising him
without any belief in any god but then I am a caring mother which means I
always second guess myself. I just hope he grows up understanding
that morals are very important. I am doing my best to raise him to be a
moral person without a faith system. I wish I had someone to look to for
advice but I am the only I know raising their child like this. This
line I am walking on is really thin and confusing sometimes.