Rhianna - posted on 07/14/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
Hi, I'm Rhianna, 22 years old, with a 20 month old daughter. I was raised in a VERY Christian family. While my mother didn't drag us (myself and my older brother) to church every week. We were daughter about God and Jesus. My grandmother is a very strict baptist (no woman should wear pants, being gay is a sin, etc.) and I currently live with her. However, I discovered my place in the universe and paganism when I was about 15/16. I wish to raise my daughter to understand all religions, but my family doesn't give me that space. What's worse is my stepmother who is desperately trying to get me to allow her to baptise Rin (she is a devout Catholic and knows my religious preference, but chooses to ignore it) and my father has no respect for my beliefs and is convinced I'm going to join a cult. My grandmother can't let anything go without involving Jesus, she reads the bible to Rin and has taught her "Jesus Loves Me" (a ver very annoying song if you've ever heard it). While I respect my families religious choices, they do not respect mine and I'm afraid to teach my daughter about Wicca because I do not wish to have to fight with my mother/father/stepmother/grandmother about what I believe and what I teach my daughter.
So my question is: How can I teach her these things and help her to understand that our family isn't as understanding open as we'd like, and they might not approve of the things I have to teach my daughter.
I should also note that I am very close to my family and they are extremely important to me, I don't want to estrange those closest to me over a difference in our beliefs.