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Old 05-16-2012, 10:12 PM   #11
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I almost posted a similar question but was afraid of the answers I would get. My DH is a pastor and it never occurred to me until the recent threads that people might hear that and not let their kids come over. We have bibles everywhere (DH has entirely too many, lol) and crosses on the walls, and a sign that says "This house runs on prayer and caffeine", and we pray before meals. Of course, that prayer is a simple "Thank you Jesus for this food, Amen" because that is about as long as my kids can handle But really, the most a visiting child would hear about religion is me asking my DH how his sermon or book is going.

To answer your question- yes

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Old 05-16-2012, 10:14 PM   #12
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We are Christian, so obviously we would. But, I don't care what the religion is of the child in question as long as they aren't trying to convert my child. It is good for my kids to be exposed to many ideas so they know who they are and where they stand on things. I have good friends that are Jewish, Muslim, Atheist, and many flavors of Christian, and our relationships are based on so many other things. Religion just doesn't come up that much. IMO, it is about a personal relationship with God, not a public one.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:19 PM   #13
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Doesn't matter. If my kid wants to participate even, that's fine by me. It's possible that it will raise questions at home, but I'm ok with that too. The more they learn about every sort of belief system out there, the more confident I am that they will make the correct choice for themselves when they get older.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:20 PM   #14
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Depends.

We wouldnt allow our younger children to play or stay at anyones home if they had very extreme religious practices. With my older girls it would be a case by case basis.
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We pray before meals, do devotionals before bed and pray before bed. We're not hyper about it and don't do fire and brimstone...our devotional is one geared at children and how different parts of the Word can apply to their lives...for the most part we listen to Christian music in the car...I don't know that we'd skip our family devotional time just because the kids had friends over...said friend would be welcome to opt out but my kids would need to participate...

Honestly it would never occur to me to ask a parent "Can Susan come and stay for a while? She can eat lunch/dinner here. Oh, btw, we say grace before we eat, is this an issue?" (our Grace is a really simple blessing, nothing excessive)

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Old 05-16-2012, 10:31 PM   #16
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yep as long as there was no pushing.also as long as you are willing to be ok with them not saying grace and just sitting quietly and respectfully. their choice not mine though
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Oh, I'd never expect them to participate in Grace...they could sit quietly for 30 seconds lol

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Im not Christian but my children ate dinner at a friends house and prayed/said Grace right along with them. No big deal.
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Religion wasn't a part of my life growing up (even though both of my parents do believe in god and heaven etc) Two of my best friends houses were very religious, one girl her father was a pastor. So I listened while they said grace and even went to church with them if I stayed over on Saturday nights (I just thought church was a fun place to hangout with my friend and other kids our age) It didn't bother me and it certainly didn't push me into believing one certain thing. I am agnostic and came to be that way by being around different families and coming up with my own opinion. I wouldn't have a problem at all with my daughter staying at a friends house like that as long as they didn't force her into saying prayers or tell her that anyone who thinks differently is wrong.
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But also if she wanted to say prayers with them and go to church with them I would be fine with that as well. (though I don't think my husband would like it very much, being a pretty opinionated atheist)
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