Should kids be introduced to religion at a young a young age or should it be left for them to discover on their own when they are older?

Kathleen - posted on 11/01/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I was brought up atheist, became a Christian when I was 20 and am now bringing up more four kids in church. Sometimes I wish I was exposed to Christianity when I was young, but then I wonder if I would have the same appreciation and passion for it as I do now.

Should kids learn about religion while their young? Or is it better for them to find out and decide for themselves when they are older?

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Nikki - posted on 11/02/2012

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I think children should be encouraged to learn about all religions, so that they can make an informed choice based on their own educated beliefs.

Jodi - posted on 11/02/2012

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My kids are in Catholic school, so they are being exposed at a young age. They do actually discuss other religions at school too, and we talk about them at home as well. My children know that religion is about faith, and it is entirely up to them what they wish to believe and that if they choose not to believe, that's ok too. I don't know which option is better. I think as long as children are raised with an inquiring and open mind, and the ability and tools to think critically for themselves, they will come to the conclusions that are right for them.

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FoxyMom - posted on 11/02/2012

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This really depends on the parent and what the parent believes. Children need to grow up with values and morals. Most of the time these are defined by what religion the parents practice. If you want your child to grow up with the same values and morals as you then they need to be exposed early.

Jodi - posted on 11/02/2012

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I guess I wonder how you can make an informed choice when you have never been exposed.....I am a believer that public schools should teach a form of theology, just so that children know about various religions. It is important, not so much because children should be exposed to religion (that's a personal choice thing), but because religions (all religions) are such a large part of how societies in the world have been founded, and having knowledge about this is a way of thinking more critically about society as a whole. Even if it were to be taught in history, as a very historically significant cultural practice, it would be beneficial. To eliminate it as a conversation altogether, I think, is limiting in itself. I am personally not a religious person, but I do believe religion has its place, and has had its place in the history of our society and should be recognised in some way.

Kathleen - posted on 11/02/2012

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Thanks Jodi. :)

It's actually a highly debated topic in our community. My kids go to a public school in an area that is - according to the census - mostly atheist populated. So many parents think that their kids should definitely not be exposed to religion until they're teenagers, cos then they are able to really make up their mind about whether to follow it or not. Others say, give them the option when they are young, like we give them the option to believe everything else we teach them in school. :)

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