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How Much Do You Care About Your Child's Religion?

How Much Do You Care About Your Child's Religion?

If your child were losing their religion, would it bother you? Some moms and dads expect their tots to follow in their faith, others hope their offspring will practice some sort of spirituality and still there are parents who are indifferent all together. Thirty-one percent of LilSugar readers said they chose their own (that of mommy and daddy) faith for their baby, so we're curious if your child's continued commitment to those beliefs matters to you?

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snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 5 years
religion is not very big in vancouver where we live ....we're not atheist but agnostic so if our kids are raised here and turn to one religion or another we'll probably wonder if we did something wrong to make them want to belong/look for the answers. not that religion is terrible but sometimes when people really embrace it as an adult i wonder what is wrong with that person psychologically. pretty judgmental of me i guess. we do celebrate easter,xmas, thanksgiving, and chinese new year but its not spiritual. sometimes i am even confused about why i am doing it with my kids but i realized it is because i enjoyed it growing up. (even in a non-religious household) PS we have a black president now, hopefully one day we can have a president who doesn't have to say he goes to church to seem like a good person.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 5 years
religion is not very big in vancouver where we live ....we're not atheist but agnostic so if our kids are raised here and turn to one religion or another we'll probably wonder if we did something wrong to make them want to belong/look for the answers. not that religion is terrible but sometimes when people really embrace it as an adult i wonder what is wrong with that person psychologically. pretty judgmental of me i guess. we do celebrate easter,xmas, thanksgiving, and chinese new year but its not spiritual. sometimes i am even confused about why i am doing it with my kids but i realized it is because i enjoyed it growing up. (even in a non-religious household) PSwe have a black president now, hopefully one day we can have a president who doesn't have to say he goes to church to seem like a good person.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Girl Jen! Zombie Jesus Day! For years I've maintained that Jesus is a Zombie... I'm so glad someone out there agrees with me (even if it's not you)... but you're right, I don't think a 3 year old should run around saying something so blasphemous.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
My daughter is being raised without religion. That's how I was raised, and I simply cannot wrap my brain around the concept of an omnipotent god or the fact that awareness continues after death.However, and this is a big but, I want my daughter to respect religion. Faith itself is a higher power. Faith can change lives. It can heal. It can lead to increased mindfulness and compassion, a sense of community, and charity.I want her to know that whether or not there is a God is irrelevant. Faith is important to many people, and it is to be respected. The fact that we do not believe in God does not make us right, nor does it make religious people or religion itself wrong. Her dad, who was raised Mormon, is more outspoken and antitheistic (I do not want my three-year-old referring to Easter as Zombie Jesus Day, thankyouverymuch).I just want to teach her tolerance and respect.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
My daughter is being raised without religion. That's how I was raised, and I simply cannot wrap my brain around the concept of an omnipotent god or the fact that awareness continues after death. However, and this is a big but, I want my daughter to respect religion. Faith itself is a higher power. Faith can change lives. It can heal. It can lead to increased mindfulness and compassion, a sense of community, and charity. I want her to know that whether or not there is a God is irrelevant. Faith is important to many people, and it is to be respected. The fact that we do not believe in God does not make us right, nor does it make religious people or religion itself wrong. Her dad, who was raised Mormon, is more outspoken and antitheistic (I do not want my three-year-old referring to Easter as Zombie Jesus Day, thankyouverymuch). I just want to teach her tolerance and respect.
lolalu lolalu 5 years
Boy oh boy- this is actually causes huge tension in my home. We're an interfaith couple and before we had kids it was 'oh we'll teach them both"- yeah ,not so much. As we've gotten older we've both grown closer to the faiths we were raised in, and we both want them to follow our own faith. I love my hubby but i really wished I had married someone with the same religious beliefs- I hate confusing my kid so much, it sucks :(, especially on days like this when I take the kid to easter service and at home dad tells her "well none of that stuff is true, ect." But got no one to blame but myself...
starbucks2 starbucks2 5 years
All of the above. I kinda hope I can instill my believes in her, but if she chooses another religion it's fine. And if she finds she's not a religios person whatsoever, fine, her decision. I grew up an Atheist and got baptized a Mormon when I was about 20. But for me it was never really about the certain religion I just wanted to make the commitment to christ, not a church. And I'm pretty sure he doesn't care which religion you belong to. No I just consider myself a Christian.
lickety-split lickety-split 5 years
Oh, and she just turned 11.
lickety-split lickety-split 5 years
Oh, and she just turned 11.
lickety-split lickety-split 5 years
My middle daughter recently announced that the catholic religion she has been raised with is "fake and has nothing to do with who I am". It's been coming for about 2 years. To me, it's her choice. To her dad, she has no choice. Problem. Big problem.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 5 years
I was raised in a multi-faith household and my son is being raised in a multi-faith household as well. I want to expose him to the richness and diversity that our religious traditions encompass. I hope that my son will grow up to consider himself multi-faith, but if he chooses to follow just one faith, I will understand and support him in that decision.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 5 years
I was raised in a multi-faith household and my son is being raised in a multi-faith household as well. I want to expose him to the richness and diversity that our religious traditions encompass. I hope that my son will grow up to consider himself multi-faith, but if he chooses to follow just one faith, I will understand and support him in that decision.
Moms Moms 5 years
Betty Wayne, your point is taken. I agree and only labeled the answers that way because the previous poll was based on couples.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
First off, let me say, WE doesn't apply to us single moms! Everything is always we, we, we, but my 'we' doesn't even exist anymore. Anyway... it's not a big deal. I just wanted to mention it.He was raised Catholic and hated it, and my parents never took me to church. Joining a church is a great way to feel like part of a community, and it's something I feel like I missed out on as a kid; though at the same time it gave me an opportunity to develop my own sense of 'religion'.I would like to teach my girl about all religions, but I've been considering checking out this one Christian church near me, just to give my girl some moral direction and sense of community. I plan on letting her choose her own religion when she's ready, if she ever is.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
First off, let me say, WE doesn't apply to us single moms! Everything is always we, we, we, but my 'we' doesn't even exist anymore. Anyway... it's not a big deal. I just wanted to mention it. He was raised Catholic and hated it, and my parents never took me to church. Joining a church is a great way to feel like part of a community, and it's something I feel like I missed out on as a kid; though at the same time it gave me an opportunity to develop my own sense of 'religion'. I would like to teach my girl about all religions, but I've been considering checking out this one Christian church near me, just to give my girl some moral direction and sense of community. I plan on letting her choose her own religion when she's ready, if she ever is.
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