Heather Linnerooth
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Do you think Children should be able to make their own decisions on Religion?

Started this discussion. Last reply by A. T. Heist Aug 18. 19 Replies

I am an Atheist mother, but I believe that my children should make their own final decision. I try not to influence them in any way. They know that I do not believe in a “higher power”, but I tell…Continue

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A. T. Heist replied to Heather Linnerooth's discussion 'Do you think Children should be able to make their own decisions on Religion?'
"Raising Atheist Children in a God-Obsessed Culture Interesting article, related to this thread..."
Aug 18
IkeArrumba replied to Heather Linnerooth's discussion 'Do you think Children should be able to make their own decisions on Religion?'
"Great video."
Dec 27, 2013
David Smith replied to Heather Linnerooth's discussion 'Do you think Children should be able to make their own decisions on Religion?'
"so glad you found it useful, as I read your post it sprang to mind as I had watched it a few weeks earlier."
Dec 27, 2013
IkeArrumba replied to Heather Linnerooth's discussion 'Do you think Children should be able to make their own decisions on Religion?'
"Your influence should be to teach them to question all such claims. You cannot completely control the ideas that they are exposed to out in the world or through the media unless you isolate them which probably does more harm than good in the long…"
Dec 27, 2013
Heather Linnerooth replied to Heather Linnerooth's discussion 'Do you think Children should be able to make their own decisions on Religion?'
"Thank you. I just got done watching the video and it was very helpful. I liked the way that he approached the questions his kids had, and I do similar with my children. I always let them ask the questions an try and figure out the answers for…"
Dec 27, 2013
Heather Linnerooth replied to Heather Linnerooth's discussion 'Do you think Children should be able to make their own decisions on Religion?'
"But that's just the thing. My children know that I do not believe in god(s), but it is hard to let them make up their own minds when others are trying to push religion on them. I believe that children are extremely influential and I don't…"
Dec 27, 2013
SmilingNihilist replied to Heather Linnerooth's discussion 'Do you think Children should be able to make their own decisions on Religion?'
"But my parents always told me that their beliefs were there own and were not dogmatic. I was encouraged to decide for myself what was believable and what was unbelievable. "
Dec 27, 2013
SmilingNihilist replied to Heather Linnerooth's discussion 'Do you think Children should be able to make their own decisions on Religion?'
"I believed what my parents told me, then, later, with access to other resources, I made my own decisions."
Dec 27, 2013
Heather Linnerooth replied to Heather Linnerooth's discussion 'Do you think Children should be able to make their own decisions on Religion?'
"My son is 5 and my daughter is 8."
Dec 27, 2013
David Smith replied to Heather Linnerooth's discussion 'Do you think Children should be able to make their own decisions on Religion?'
"Thank you so much for your post.  I'm so glad to see that you are letting them make up their own minds!!! of course its a great idea to do this, at any point. many of us here on TA at some point believed in something.  It is a better…"
Dec 27, 2013
James Cox replied to Heather Linnerooth's discussion 'Do you think Children should be able to make their own decisions on Religion?'
"Many theist/cult groups/fellowships use a 'hard sell' approach. Guilt, fear, suspension of independent thought, control of reading materials, 'love bombing', issolation, etc. Young folks can be be overwhemed by such practices,…"
Dec 27, 2013
Physeter replied to Heather Linnerooth's discussion 'Do you think Children should be able to make their own decisions on Religion?'
"I think it's important that kids, sooner or later, learn about religion. Religions become popular precisely because they have strong missionary tendencies; that is, they try hard to convince everyone to believe, and they have lots of very…"
Dec 27, 2013
IkeArrumba liked Heather Linnerooth's discussion Do you think Children should be able to make their own decisions on Religion?
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IkeArrumba replied to Heather Linnerooth's discussion 'Do you think Children should be able to make their own decisions on Religion?'
"I don't think "children" have the capacity to make up their own minds. I believe once they are young adults they can begin to come to some conclusions on their own. As a parent, I think we owe it to our kids to tell them the truth;…"
Dec 27, 2013
Unseen replied to Heather Linnerooth's discussion 'Do you think Children should be able to make their own decisions on Religion?'
"Here's the deal: They're going to make their own decision anyway, so why damage your relationship with them by trying to make them believe what you believe? I'm an atheist as is my daughter's mother (my ex). My daughter belongs…"
Dec 27, 2013
Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Heather Linnerooth's discussion 'Do you think Children should be able to make their own decisions on Religion?'
"You may find this book “Raising Freethinkers” useful. Teach them about the history of the major religions and the diverse beliefs that people have."
Dec 27, 2013

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Atheist
About Me:
Mom of two wonderful imaginative children and I have what I consider to be the best soon to be hubby in the world. I tried different religions out as a kid, but none of them ever made sense and when I asked questions they could never give me a strait answer, so I stuck to what I did believe in and that is science.
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25-30
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I would just like to connect with other atheists and I love the discussions and topics that this site provides
The religion you left
Was never a part of one
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