My baby girl was born to a (currently) non-practicing Jewish mom and Catholic dad. Before she was born we had many discussions regarding how we wanted to introduce a belief system into her life. We knew we wanted to provide her with some sort of direction just to get her going on a path. A path of belief, a belief that she could develop in her own time. We just didn’t know how we wanted to go about it. After many discussions and at times heated debates, we ended up moving forward with Judaism. Let me just say, it was a it was a weak argument on both accounts. It is difficult to justify something that you both are not currently focusing on.
“I have no idea what to say about her and I, I don’t even know her…” Shamelessly admitting this statement through a trembling voice with tears rolling down my face.
As I always say, the love a mom has for their baby is an inexpressible emotion. I guess I wasn’t missing a mom gene after all.
Discussing a belief system for our little family was the first of many difficult discussions my hubby and I have had in regards to raising our baby. There are no wrong or right answers as we face the challenges of raising a child. There are only our best calculated guesses with a supporting partner and your child’s best interest in mind. There will be hard to reach compromises and flawed decisions but at the end of the day when they are based around the love for your family, you cant go wrong.
The heart knows what its doing. You just have to trust it.
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