I am a married mother of two girls aged 7 and 9. I am also an atheist. I grew up in an overbearing, strictly Protestant home, and I am loath to inflict any of those experiences on my freethinking daughters. We live in a religious community, and as my daughters get older I’m finding it’s increasingly difficult to find secular activities for my daughters to participate in, and I’ve discovered that even though religion isn’t supposed to have a place in the school system, it keeps finding a way to creep in.
I’m finding all of this is especially true during the holiday seasons of Christmas and Easter. I want my daughters to be able to enjoy the holidays, but I don’t want them involved in the religious dogma that is so apparent everywhere. On the other hand, I don’t want to be too obviously anti-religion around my kids — then I’ll be no different than the opposite side of the coin I grew up on. How do I manage to accomplish this without also coming across as a raving anti-religion monster? — Lacey