We show our kids from the get go how and why religions are false. No pandering.
those kids are adorably awesome!!
Adorable, give em a hug from me!!! Awesome couple of kids you got there with brains they know how to use. I doff my hat to you Sir!!
Great kids and very bright. The greatest gift that we can give our kids is the ability to think critically and not to take things on the basis of authority, nor to be pressured by their peers into conforming to things that they don't believe in. "They all say stuff that doesn't really make sense to me" - well done, great thinking!
Thanks for posting. I have two small kids as well. I'm curious, how did you or do you present this to your kids. My feeling is that I will show them all the creation myths and teach them how to reason and think for themselves but not push them in one direction. When they are old enough to decide for themselves, they will do so. I would also be interested to know how you deal with Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy etc?
Raising Freethinkers a great book to start with.
Something in the line of Richard Dawkins' letter to his 10-year-old daughter is also not a bad way to start!
I have 2 teenageers (17 and 19) and a 7-year-old. I've always tried never to impose my own view (atheist and vegetarian!) but always to say "this is what I believe, but other people believe this...".
However, all are atheist vegetarians, so I guess I've indoctrinated them, by osmosis, if not overtly. They all know, though, that they are free to make their own choices and will not be criticised for it, and we talk about that frequently, which I think is the best way!
That's exactly how I felt at their age!
Surprising issues with my slightly older children.
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