The lovely LadyMitras won last week’s Comment o’ the Week and therefore today’s AI is all hers. It’s so good that I forwarded it to the other Skepchicks with a note asking if someone could write a longer post on it, before I finally realized that it was in fact her AI entry. Can’t wait to see your responses!
I have a three year old son. When he was two, some unfortunate events happened in my life which forced me to seriously reflect on my religious beliefs and figure out how I should raise my son.
The kid had gotten no religious upbringing. I was worried that I’d been a neglectful mother. After all, if a parent accomplishes nothing else, shouldnâ€™t they at least make sure their kid doesnâ€™t burn in hell forever? I knew I owed it to him to do some research and be 100% certain I’m raising him right.
After many months of prayer, reading the bible, talking to people and researching on the intarwebs, I came to the realization that no religions are backed with evidence.
So, my son is the first child in my family to be raised without faith. I donâ€™t want to indoctrinate my son and I do want him to be able to think for himself.
How does a skeptical parent teach a young child to think critically without crossing the line into indoctrinating the child into the ways of skepticism?