Teaching religion to children
Hello, I would like some advice on how families with different religious backgrounds approach religion with their children. I grew up in a Buddhist family, and my husband was raised Catholic, though he is no longer Catholic in reality. We have two kids (one toddler and one infant), and neither one of us is raising our children under any religious backdrop. However, my mother-in-law, a devout Catholic (and ex-nun), has been staying with us and teaching our toddler prayers. She would also like to take him to church and has mentioned this to me on several occasions. I have thought of bringing up the conversation that we haven't decided what to do with our kids, and hence, she should not impress upon him her ideas. But actually, I don't think this the right way either because her religiosity and knowledge of Christianity is part of her identity and spirituality. I don't think she sees what she is doing as 'trying to convert' my son. It is normal for her to talk about Jesus and God in daily conversation. I believe that my kids should grow up being able to decide what is right for them, and by extension, I should not prevent exposure to a religion, should it come their way. My husband and I are pretty anti-proselytizing, yet we tolerate the religiosity of his mother in general; however, we are not sure about what to do when it involves our kids and their relationship with their grandmother. Thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!