Crossroads of raising an interfaith child!

How we are approaching raising an interfaith child?

Raising an interfaith child
Raising an interfaith child

We are an interfaith couple.Deciding to date and the BIG day of our wedding was the start of a lifelong series of decisions made around religion.

Even before we fell pregnant with Miss M, our adorable munchkin; the most common and frequent question we got was, “How will you raise your child, Christian or Hindu?”

Some interfaith couples eventually choose a primary faith to raise their children, we decided to raise her to “Be Both Religions”. I am indian and Jason is white, which makes Miss M half indian and half white, so why can’t the same ideology be applied to her religious identity?

We were raised to respect different religions and understand that the values are ultimately the same. The basis of our interfaith household is the Religion of Love and the Hands that Serve are Holier than the Hands that Pray. Simple…right? Children need simple and consistency. Love & Serve can easily be practiced on a daily basis, you don’t need to be in church or a temple to do this. Some may not call us religious but we do encourage and practice a spiritual lifestyle.

We celebrate both traditions across our beliefs. Diwali is celebrated by lighting clay lamps called Diyas, while we also celebrate Christmas with the decorating of a Christmas tree.

By no means am I saying that this is a simple journey to bring together different religions for our children, it’s complex and Miss M is likely to tear open this concept with lots of questions and discussions about religion. It’s not a perfectly packaged answer, however it’s a spiritual journey that enlightens her view on the world and how practicing key values will define you and not which idol you worship or place of worship you attend.

We live in hope that her belief is ultimately based on the spiritual unity of all beings embodied by Love. Unity is the secret ingredient of social progress, and service to society is the means to encourage  it.

God is love, live in love quoted from Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

 

 

13 thoughts on “Crossroads of raising an interfaith child!

  1. I love this! Brilliant post. Spirituality is so important for a young child. I always regarded myself as being more spiritual growing up and later I came to understand my relegion better. Spirituality is the reason I became a vegetarian when I was just 11 years old, in a house where everyone else ate meat. So yes, be prepared, your little one is sure to ask a lot of questions about spirituality and religion. And, it’s great that you are giving her the freedom to learn both religions and develop herself as a spiritual being. All the best.

    1. Wow, thank you for the kind words, you just made me feel so warm and confident about our approach. Sounds likes I may need to come to you for advise.

    1. Thank you for reading. yeah, we as parents try to do the best and we have hope that she will grow up with a strong value system.

  2. We are in the same boat. Many people try to tell us we are confusing the kids but for me the basis of all religions are the same and later on the kids can decide for themselves. They are exposed to a lot of religions through families and friends and we discuss them.
    Xx

    1. I love your approach.Thank you for reading and relating. You are an amazing parent by parenting positively.

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