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Did a Child Put the Fear of God in You?

While I wasn't the daughter of a preacher man, my parents did make us go to church on Sundays. Like many kids, I dreaded it but started to appreciate the ritual and my Sunday school friends as I aged. Once in college, my trips to chapel became few and far between.

Perhaps it was being in awe of my newborn that had me praising and thanking God on an hourly basis. Or the need to explain Christmas on a noncommercial level to my 2-year-old that had me breathing air back into my old biblical ways. Regardless of which God people worship, I have found a similar trend amongst many of my parent friends. Has religion played a larger role in your life since having children?

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Moms Moms 8 years
I teach my kids about all different faiths and think it's good to have some faith in something. Having children really made me in awe of how miraculous and scientific life is.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
I stopped going to church as I ended my teen years and do not miss it. There are many reasons why I dislike organized religion so I intend to raise my children without it's influence but I have no problem teaching them religious based stories, like the true meanings of Christmas, Easter, etc ...
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
Not at all.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
No, not at all. As a matter of fact I've gone the opposite direction from organized religion (which I was raised in) since my children have come along. I teach them about faith, spirituality, various religions etc. But do not insist that they practice any one faith or attend services anywhere. If they choose to that's fine, but it will be their choice.
sham28 sham28 8 years
This is a great topic. I think I'll raise my children to be religious about compassion- those less fortunate, those that are sick, those that are lonely etc. are all God's children. You must treat everyone with respect and kindness. You must remember that everyone is a human being. Stuff like that. Oh and ABSOLUTELY NO LYING. (They'll work out the "no-you-don't-look-fat" exception later).
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I know lots of teetotaling atheists. :) I'm with chouette4u... I love the idea of showing kids how many religions there are. I don't know if I'll have children, but I've already thought about how I'd discuss religion/faith/theism with them. Before reproducing, my partner and I would need be on the same page with that subject (among others, of course). That's important to me.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
yes. my dad is an atheist and after being married to my dad for many years my mom said she was also. 2 of my girls go to catholic school, the 3rd to a school for the severely disabled. i need my children to believe that there is a higher power looking over all of us and that at some point their older sister will be whole and healthy and they will be with her in that way. and frankly, i need that too. if i felt like this was it for my disabled child, i would probably go nuts. and fwiw, i've never met anyone who didn't either drink or believe in god. choose your church.
Danni99 Danni99 8 years
Having my first child led me to church, having my second (coupled with going to law school) led me away. I've found our lives are much richer without religion bogging us down. Fortunately, my husband feels the same.
Evalicious Evalicious 8 years
I too was raised going to church, then stopped as I got into high school and college. Having my daughter did lead me back, it made me a lot more thankful of the things in my life. Although I have to admit since the SWINE FLU thing happened, I have not been to church. I'm catholic and got really scared at the thought of having my 1 year old so close to lots of people and taking communion or offering the sign of peace to people who could be potentially ill. CRAZY, I know - but it's my own OCD - germs.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
Not at all. I can sort of see how some people would become more religious after kids though. My daughter has become Miss Socrates with all of her why/how questions lately, and I try to answer all of them honestly, but I can see how it would be easier to just say "because God made it that way" or something like that. My husband and I are not believers, but when our daughter is a little older we plan on teaching her about other religions and telling her that she can decide what she believes.
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