Every day more parents decide not to influence their children by initiating them in the teaching of a religion, they argue that this way their children will have freedom of choice when they are older, but parents, whether they want to or not, are the most influential people for their little ones in all aspects , because it can be as significant for a child to teach a religion as not to teach it.
If we have faith and hope, is it really good to give up offering a religious education to our son, in favor of his freedom of choice?
Preventing our children from having a training in religious beliefs is very well seen today, it seems to respond to an independent and critical way of thinking, but nothing could be further from the truth. Religious values help us define what is good and how we can be happy. Denying it to our children is like denying them our food so that they can decide the foods or the flavors to try when they have a choice.
Although the children's own decisions must be respected, when they are old enough to discern, the influence of parents is very important when laying the foundations and shaping the personality of children. Human values, natural law, and good behavior that most religious beliefs convey are highly educational. The other day I was reading in a national newspaper that various sociological and anthropological studies show that religious people are happier, more stable and better integrated into society.
According to the article (not very condescending to religion, by the way), it is as if the human brain has naturally evolved so that we are religious. So why deny our children what is natural and, objectively, will help them to be happier. What we should object to, in my opinion, is to force them to carry out religious practices that require personal commitments that must be assumed from a maturity that they do not now have. In that, I agree that we are cautious and respectful. Now, if religion is an important part of our life, let us make our children participants in this reality; They will mold it in their spirit, until the arrival of the necessary maturity to have their own personal experience.
Patro Gabaldon. Editor of our site
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