I'm sorry for your losses xx
I wouldn't have a problem, we're not religious and I've never mentioned heaven to DD, she asked me about it for the first time last year after someone mentioned it at school, I knew the discussion would come up sooner or later, and it certainly wasn't a discussion I was dreading.
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16-03-2013 07:27 #21
16-03-2013 08:40 #22Senior Member
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I'm not religious and I would have no issue with that.
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16-03-2013 08:43 #23
My daughter would probably ask what heaven is as we've never said that word to her. But I wouldn't have a problem with it and would tell her what people believe it to be.
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16-03-2013 08:48 #24
Not at all. Everyone believes different things and while I don't believe I've taught my kids that everyone has a different opinion on god/heaven etc. We've talked about heaven, in fact we've discussed all sorts of religious beliefs.
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17-03-2013 23:11 #25
Thank you very much for all your replies. Really appreciate it. I also wouldn't have a problem if my daughter came home and said that someone said there was no heaven. I would, and have in the past, explained that different families have different rules beliefs etc. we also have many books about many different religions as I want her to know that there are many different beliefs out there.
18-03-2013 07:10 #26
It's not a problem at all. She's only four. If that's how she expresses herself then more power to her.
If we're constantly going to be afraid that we're going to offend people because we've said something that relates to religion then that's not a good world to live in.
If I was an atheist and my child came home saying "mummy, what is heaven" I'd tell them "honey, some people believe in rah rah rah." you get my drift. This world is so big and there's so much to learn and see. We can't shut our kids out from everything just because it's what *we* do or don't believe in.
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18-03-2013 07:11 #27
18-03-2013 07:52 #28
Wouldn't have a problem with it. For the religious factor- children are going to have to learn about differing religions at some point, to me- there's no difference if it comes up at 4yr or 14yo. If it comes up, it comes up.
22-03-2013 16:30 #29Senior Member
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I'm not remotely religious, but I would have no issue with this. All families are different, and deal with things differently. What you have taught your daughter is lovely.
22-03-2013 21:06 #30
Most little kids, religious or not, tend to be told about heaven. DD has never been told - I'm pretty much a dead-set atheist and see no point to mention Heaven... but it has been mentioned to her by other children before.
Then she comes to me and asks what Heaven is an I explain.
I'd say that hopefully most atheists would act similarly rather than act like you've done something horrible to their child. They'll just explain to their kids, in basic terms, what the whole Heaven idea is about, mention that SOME people believe in it, but that they don't... blah blah.
DD is well aware about a lot of religious things... she is also well aware that I don't believe any of it. It's up to her what she wants to believe.
In any case, you kind of have to do what's best for your child in your own opinion, no matter what other parents might feel about it. DD has always had access to the truth - and while I know other parents might dislike that idea, too bad, because I'm not doing something I feel isn't beneficial to my daughter (lying) to appease them. I think it's something you've got to do all the time in parenting... so just do whatever it is you feel is best for her, and stuff everyone else.
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