Now I'm feeling the pressure
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|Thu, 04-23-2009 - 12:50pm|
Starting around the age of 3 the topic of God came up here & there with DS's friends. My DS also started to show a huge fear toward death ever since he could talk. Last summer he was seeing a therapist for food anxiety and the therapist spent some time talking through his fear of death. It helped for a few months.
Now, toward the end of the 1st grade, religion seems like it may be a daily topic with his friends. It appears it is now time for me to into some serious discussions with him.
But seeing I'm not even sure what I believe this proves to be tough, really, really tough. It's strange -- I don't think I believe in a God, yet I fear the 'last days' ???? When I'm really stressed out I hear myself praying, but to whom?
I did do one of those 'what do you believe' tests & I rated highest toward Pagan beliefs. My guess would be due to my feelings toward nature. I am also quite interested in Buddha/Enlightenment and other Indian/Asian philosophies (w/o reincarnation). I know I'm still ignorant and have a lot to learn in these areas. I really don't even understand what Humanism is yet.
So are there any good books you'd recommend?
I have found a few on Amazon. Amazingly these same books are not available in the library ... they are all checked out & have a waiting list for the books - not sure if that has to do with where I live or if secular is becoming more prominent?
I have little extra money to spend these days, so I wonder which of these books ... or any recommendations, should I add my name to the long waiting list at the library or scrape up a few bucks to buy?
I will be reading to two kids ages 4 & 7.
Born With a Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story
by Jennifer Morgan
Life on Earth: The Story of Evolution
by Steven Jenkins
Humanism, What's That?: A Book for Curious Kids
by Helen Bennett
Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief
by Dale McGowan
Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion
by Dale McGowan
If you want to read just for fun, what my DS currently believes.
When the mediator hit earth and killed the dinosaurs they floated out into space and merged into one invisible being who we now know as God. So God did not create earth, but protects earth. He went out and found all the Martians and Aliens and brought them to earth and that is how humans came to be.
Living in the past makes your life history.