Need advice about adult daughter becoming an Atheist and disrespect towards family
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|Sat, 09-29-2012 - 12:12pm|
Hi, I’m hoping I can get some great advice on a family matter I have at the moment. My daughter (23 yrs.old), who was brought up Catholic, has been dating an Atheist now for about 10 months. She has since told me that she no longer believes in any religion or faith and considers herself an Atheist as well. Her dad and I have told her we are not happy about this, and question why, but will not treat her any differently or love her any less. Well, we are sure her boyfriend is behind this, and his mother and her boyfriend are Atheists as well so I’m sure they are encouraging her. I will admit my daughter did have some doubts growing up about the Catholic faith but would still attend church with us as a family. Everything was fine until my daughter decided to post on Facebook comments ridiculing the Bible and pretty much all religions. We were Facebook friends so she knew I would see her posts. When I commented on her post about how she is offending people with her comments she pretty much called me a hypocrite and some other not-so-nice things, all posted on Facebook for everyone to see. She also stated if I didn’t like her comments she was going to “unfriend” me which she has done. Her boyfriend’s mom and her boyfriend commented on her posts how they agreed with her and that organized religion is the cause of all problems in the world. My daughter is currently living at home, finishing up her Masters in Psychology, and we are pretty much supporting her financially, but she spends all of her free time at her boyfriends home (he lives with his dad.) We have spoken to her about what she has done and how she has offended me, but she feels she has done nothing wrong. Ultimately, all we are asking for is respect. We have not dwelled on the religion thing but once she started posting negative comments on Facebook and offending me, that was the last straw. We have done so much for our daughter and cannot figure out why she is doing this, except to impress her boyfriend. We truly feel we are loosing her. Any comments or suggestions on how to handle this would be appreciated.