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Raising A Child In A Dual Religion Household

Children PrayingWhen my husband and I met, he was a practicing Protestant. After our son was born, my husband felt it was very important to get back to his religious roots and to raise his children how he’d been raised. I admit I was shocked and surprised at the sudden directional change, but I dealt with it.

Since that time several years ago, my husband has become a practicing Catholic. While I am happy for him that he is doing what makes him happy, this new arrangement certainly has made things a bit tricky for our family. We’ve come up with some rules that have made the transition a little easier for our family.

  1. It’s important to keep things respectful. My husband and I have somewhat come to a truce over theological “discussions”. We’ve agreed to disagree. That has made things a lot more peaceful for our children.
  1. It’s important to do what is best for your family, and only your family. In other words, it doesn’t matter that your great-great auntie is offended that your child is being Christened instead of Dedicated. It’s not about her.
  1. It’s important to let your child choose when the time comes. Although both my husband and I are teaching our children about our respective religious traditions, we both agree that the time will come when our sons will make their own choices. Our hope is to give them the information they need to make the choices that are best for them when they come of age.

Do you have a dual religion household? What tips do you have for others dealing with this issue?

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