If a child can say who or what he or she is, there is usually a positive outcome in self-esteem. Ultimately, respect is the basis for harmony in religion and spirituality among couples, families, communities and global peoples.
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Recite or sing along with the other churchgoers if you're not comfortable with the words. When Children Are Involved Regardless of how open-minded singles or those who are married without children are, when the kids come, beliefs often change.Participate in any part of the sermon that you're not sure of. The best situation for children is for both parents to choose a religion to raise the children.This doesn't mean you have to or should participate in the religious aspects of the celebration. Ask if there's anything you can do to help, and find something about the event that you enjoy, and tell your honey and the host when you leave.Showing respect means doing what is comfortable for you, and being quiet during what is not comfortable for you. If You're Planning a Long Term Relationship The secret to harmony in couples has less to do with similarities, than it does with equality in open-mindedness.What this does is give you options - both short and long term.
Easter Services and Meals: By all means, attend your honey's family traditions with him or her and show respect for any and all religions. Ask questions if you want to know something, and find something about the service that you appreciate, whether it's the sense of community, the nice music, the beautiful architecture of the church, or a part of the sermon that resonates for you. Show up for dinner - or lunch -- wear something respectful (no bare skin or unshaven body parts), and bring the hostess a gift that can be candy, a plant, or a bottle of wine or candles (Check out great hostess gifts you can buy and order here.) Don't drink too much.Dear April Masini," My boyfriend is Jewish, I'm Catholic, and everything is great between us until holidays like Easter come up.Neither of us knows exactly what we're supposed to do in each other's religious settings. Please give me any advice or tips you have for couples in relationships with someone of a different faith.Allowing children to choose their own religion creates responsibility that a child should not have and is often expressed in the child’s anxiety.Allowing children to have no religion until they are eighteen is equally stressful for the children.In other words, if her family goes to church - or synagogue, then you should go, too, if only to see what it's like. If one member of a couple wants a Catholic lifestyle, and the other one doesn’t really care, there is a strong chance for harmony.