Kids have so many questions! However, this Grandmother is using a child’s curious mind to push her religious agenda and encourage her to question everything her parents believe…and she’s only 4-years old!
Doubting Catholic Child
The Original Poster (OP) was raised Catholic, but even as a child, she had doubts, and as an adult, she never fully belonged to any faith.
OP says she’s spiritual but doesn’t believe in any God.
Variety of Viewpoints
Her mother is a devout Catholic, but her husband is an Atheist.
Children Would Cause Issues
When OP and her husband started a family, they were aware that religion might be a source of conflict because OP’s mom has severe boundary issues in general, particularly with regard to religion.
For instance, OP’s sisters were educated in a catholic school, and their beliefs are different from OP’s, and they resemble their mother more than OP.
Eyes Opened in College
OP took a lot of anthropology and philosophy classes in college, and she used to talk to her sisters about what she learned.
Theology Chat Is Banned
However, their mother flipped and told OP that she had no business discussing religion with them.
Since then, OP never mentioned the subject with them since she respects boundaries.
Sneaky Bible Talk
The story began when OP’s mother discreetly started discussing religion with OP’s 4-year-old and telling her that although her dad doesn’t believe in god and Jesus, he is mistaken and that they are real.
Brainwashing Her Young Mind?
This was discovered when OP and her daughter were working on a puzzle together. She yelled, “Mommy, you know god on grandma’s necklace? Although Dad doesn’t believe him to be real, he is! He lives in the sky”.
They Don’t Want a Dominant Faith
OP and her husband got very angry. OP says she has nothing against her daughter studying religion, but they do want her to be aware of all points of view, all religions, and all science.
Doing It Behind Their Backs Was Wrong
OP says her mother shouldn’t be doing this behind their backs and involving OP’s spouse.
She Questioned Her Mother
When OP questioned her mother about it, she turned the tables on OP once more.
Making a Big Deal
She told OP that she was making a big deal out of nothing and that her husband ought to have known when he married OP that religion would come up.
Grandma Was Just Answering Questions
Her mother added that she would never refuse to answer her granddaughter’s questions about religion.
Ask Your Mom!
As a result, OP lashed out and said to her mother if her daughter asks her any questions again, she should tell her to ask her mom and dad.
We All Have Favorites
OP felt bad about what she said to her mother and took to Reddit to ask for opinions.
One Reddit user wrote, “What worked in my household was teaching the kids that there are a lot of beliefs and a lot of religions in the world just as there are a lot of politics and lots of sports teams. And I reassured them that they don’t have to pick a favorite religion, a favorite politician, or a favorite sports team until they are in college. Until then, they should learn as much as they want to about all of them so they can make a good decision.”
Not a Case of Right and Wrong
Another Redditor pointed out that it’s inappropriate because OP’s mother is implying that her belief is correct and OP’s husband is wrong. The comment went on to say that this is the problem with religion, and OP’s mother definitely crossed a major boundary.
Let the Child Decide
A third Reddit user commented, “I’d be mad for sure, and likely drastically cut back on grandma time if she is going to undermine my child’s sense of credibility with me for the sake of her religion. But like, I try to get most secular parents to think about why not do more than “let the child decide” or expose them to all these evocative world religions they aren’t going to truly get the full experience with at a young age.”
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