Well, reader Paul certainly has a dilemma…:
My wife is agnostic and I am an atheist and we are trying to raise our two children to think for themselves. My mother-in-law, every time she has the kids, takes them to church and tells them all kinds of stuff about Jesus. When they get back, they start in with “Mimi said this and that” and they believe her because she is Mimi.
I don’t know what to do without causing a huge family rift.
I hate to say it, but I think a family rift may be the only solution. It’s your baby, and your word should take precedence over your mother-in-law’s.
It starts by telling her you don’t want her to take your children to church. If she argues otherwise, maybe the children need to see less of her… that’s not an ideal option, but I don’t see her stopping taking the kids to church.
Is there a better way to handle this situation?