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Author Topic: When you discover Paganism and your kids are tweens/teens  (Read 3926 times)
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« Reply #8: May 08, 2009, 12:06:32 pm »

I have two daughters myself, one is 21 and the other is 20. The oldest has always had an interest in being a pagan/wiccan and I supported her looking at the religion and studying it. Her Mother (my ex- wife) didn't want her learning anything about it. We can to an understanding and my oldest continued learning. My youngest didn't want to have anything to do with me or my religion during her teen years, so I waited and was very tolerant of her views, needs and wants. I was always available to her and she knew it.

Last year, she moved in with her sister and is now a practicing Pagan. I should note that My oldest moved out of her mother's house and has been public as a Pagan since then. She is currently in the Army and has Pagan/Wiccan on her dogtags.

Now, their mother is studying the religion. Tolerance, and patience are the keys. Be available, present it and don't be surprised is they look at something else. Don't be hurt either, it is the "nature" of teenagers to be curious about things. All we can do as parents is to give them the options and steer them without pushing.

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Welcome to TC John.  Thank you for responding, I've been thinking about the other responses for a few days now, it's a lot to work through.  It's funny, my X is upset about this too and I don't think my son has shared with him just how much he believes and is practicing.  However, it did come up a few weeks ago and I told my X to please come to me with any questions or concerns.  He did ask me a few things and we had a decent discussion about it.  But I know how much he hated Paganism years ago and made snide comments about it.  It is likely because he didn't know enough about it and didn't understand.  Hopefully, he'll be open to more discussion so he too can help the kids on whatever path they chose. 

Yes it is in the nature of a teen to be curious and my son has proven to be a particularly curious young man!  He's interested in the darker side of things which I understand and feel is really normal for a young boy.  I'll continue to tyr and nurture his curiosity and try to guide him the best I can.

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