tnmom66 Posted April 17, 2010 Share Posted April 17, 2010 I'm an American and a Christian. My child's father is a Turkish Muslim who has been here in the states for many years. We are not married and have no relationship beyond parenting our toddler. He is not observant of his religion (more of a cultural thing), so I haven't worried much. Of course, I and my family want our daughter to be a Christian and his family wants her to be Muslim. He told me that I could teach her what I believe and when she gets older he will tell her what he believes, and we will let her choose for herself. Of course, if she chooses for herself, she has other choices than 2, and may even choose to be an atheist, but we will respect her decision. The problem is that his sister is soon to be moving nearby and I am afraid she will be more of a Muslim influence than I want. I am afraid she will try to interfere with the way I teach my own child. My baby's grandmother is very devout and I admire her devotion and sincerity. I want my child to respect the feelings of her Muslim family members and to know about the religion. I want to be sensitive and respectful, myself. The baby's father has asked me to not give the impression that the child is being raised "Christian". He has no objection to my taking the child to church, which I am thankful for. When I was pregnant and first talked to my baby's Muslim Aunt, she asked if I would mind if they shared stories from the Koran. I said no, I'd be glad for them to. I want my child to know the culture and be familiar with the religion. I want my child to know about other beliefs, too, besides Christianity and Islam. I was wondering if anyone here has been in my shoes and may have advice? Link to comment
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