Is it harder to be a secular parent than a religious one?
When you were little and asked where babies came from, what did your family tell you?
I got a ridiculous story about a garden.
Surprisingly my daughter hasn’t asked that question yet. She turned five in April. When it comes up, I plan on giving her a simple and straightforward explanation of sex. I don’t think she’s too young for that and hopefully, it’s a conversation we can continue throughout her childhood.
As a secular parent, I feel I am tasked with telling my daughter the truth. I think it would be easier to be a religious parent always having these ready-made explanations.
Sex, babies, death, the afterlife, gender roles, marriage — you name it, religion has an answer for it.
I always want to give my daughter real answers and I want to encourage her curiosity. If I don’t know an answer, I want to help her find it. I know that will come up. I don’t consider myself worldly or well-read so I think it would be just fine to learn alongside her.
So what do you think? Is it harder to tell your kids the truth? Is it easier to rely on a religion that has all the answers?
Well, one thing I can tell you is that telling my daughter the truth sits a lot easier on my conscience.
So I thought this meme was really fucking funny and it’s actually why I wrote this post. Inspiration comes from everywhere!
I’m so sorry — I don’t know the original artist to give credit to. I see a little watermark but can’t really make it out. If you know the artist, please let me know and I’ll post it.