It is an issue for me. my grandkids- who we rescued from a mormon polygamist cult- want me to work with them.
Which is abit hope making and flattering, I have to say, with their auspergers issues; i am not far from moving them towards atheism.
I hate, “On the one hand/on the other hand”, but with their mom moving towards witchcraft, helping them live in a magickal world without going looney and not being able to have their own will is at best tricky. scarey
[quote=“Lady Eva, post:7, topic:4897”][quote=“DohnJee, post:5, topic:4897”]I was raised by a witch, and while I’m unspeakably grateful for all I learned from her over the years, even greater a gift was not having any practices or beliefs crammed down my throat.
… I implore you all to keep this in mind, forcing occult dogma upon a child is no better than pushing fundamentalist Christianity or extremist political views.[/quote]
I agree with this, look at kids raised by fundie Xians who go overboard in the opposite direction when they grow up, look at the modern kids of Muslim immigrants, rejecting the compromises their parents made, and becoming mediaeval-style extremists…
Seperation from parents by defining yourself against them seems to be a healthy and natural stage and I want to try and make sure it’s not going to backfire, most people my age know an incredibly straight uptight person who was raised by hippies, who were themselves the reaction to the authoritarian and austerity-oriented mindset of WW2.
I didn’t take on board every value my parents tried to teach me through language, but I have adopted a lot of what they SHOWED me, so if/when I become the mother of an infant human, I’ll try to bear that in mind - show don’t tell.
Though from what I hear, best laid plans for parenting style etc go straight out the window when the little buggers start answering back, so whatever! lol!!
^ Hell yeah! :)[/quote]