This has been very irritating to me. I am a very spiritual person, but I do NOT believe that kids need to know all this at 7 years old.
I am a pagan, I left christianity like 3 years ago. I have a different picture in my head of God/Goddess or Gods are/is or whatever and however.....I dont mind churches, but I think that a person should be educated in ALL beliefs before accepting one.
So, my 7 year old daughter has been best friends with a church going girl and obviously she talks about that a lot to her. I think this is so because I have not heard my baby ask or say anything on this subject before this.
One day while driving in the car, she asked me:
- "Mom, I want to go to church"
I was like "Mia, do you know what church is?"
- "Yes, its a tall building where you sit and talk about God" (shock!!!!!)
- "Mia, we dont go to church"
- "Why not?"
- "Because mama doesnt believe in that, mama thinks that churches dont let people think" (I know, I know...I overdid it)
- "I will tell Kara what you just said"
- "If you do, her grandma wont let her play with you anymore"
Today she goes again about doing something and then she wanted to tell God about it. I'm like:
- "Do you know what God is?"
- "Yes, a man that lives up there", and she hows up in the sky
- "Who told you this?"
- "My teacher"
- "Oh, really?"
- "No........me, myself....I just know"
Arrghhhhhh..............when I was that age (my parents and my whole family is russian orthodox) I never even knew what church is or what God is and all that!
I believe in personal freedom, but I still would not like my kid to go down the road of being christian (please my christian friends, dont be mad at me - its nothing personal). My pagan self doesnt let me interfere, its her choice. The mom in me protests....
What would you do? No, really? I am dumbfounded about how to go around this whole God issue.....she does have mythology books and we read them and she knows that there is a lot of Gods and Goddesses and she has been asking questions - I always try to envelop all that as in stories, not as the TRUTH, cuz to me there is no ONE truth....but as soon as she started hanging out with this girl.....its all about churches.