Merry meet everyone! I am thinking about starting a family with my husband and was wondering how I'd bring up my child in a familiy with diverse beliefs. On my side of the family, they are strict catholics, on my husbands side, you have methodist. I dont want to force my beliefs onto the child, but I definately want to introduce them, without confusing him or her. For example, how would I combine wiccan holidays which are important to me to non pagan holidays. Celebrating Ostara and Easter might be fun for them, but would they understand why both are being celebrated. Another example, when your child realizes that you are a witch/wiccan, how would they even begin to explain it to their friends without getting criticized?
As the mother of a 23-yr-old and 10-yr-old, from my own experience, it's best to just let each person be who they are, and allow the children to observe. Feel NO need to "combine" holidays; they are separate unto themselves and should be observed as such. Otherwise, you just give them a hodge-podge which dilutes the spiritual impact of each.
Give them practical information about Wicca, but allow them to participate in Christian events if you are sure the relatives will respect your rule of "don't speak badly about their parents' faith" in relation to it. If the relatives don't respect that, they cannot share their faith with the children, period. Make certain the children understand that it's not Christianity, but the individuals, that you have issue with. Respect is a two-way street, and that's what your children will emulate.
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