A question has arisen in my mind as I have been discussing (to put it charitably) Church attendance with my 12 year old daughter. She is awesome in many many ways and I love her with all my heart but she is possibly the least motivated member kid I have met when it comes to Church attendance. She just doesn’t want to go.
After letting her choose her own path for a time (read: she slept in while we went to Church), we discussed this issue in mind-numbing detail with her and we have arrived at the solution that, for now, she is required to attend Church with us as part of her responsibilities as a member of our family (thus making Church attendance the rough equivalent of making her bed).
This is obviously not a long-term solution, but it is our hope that in attending by fiat, she will eventually gain a testimony and have a desire to attend without being forced to do so. Are we doing the right thing? How much freedom do you give children when it comes to things like this?
Please note: My daughter doesn’t read this blog (natch — it isn’t about Twilight).