What do you do when you have family members who disagree with something you are teaching your children?
I don't want to get into the Creation Science question as much as wonder if anyone else deals with this.
Just got off the phone with my Mom who is telling me about a Dinosaur exhibit opening up locally. I tell her we aren't going b/c a). it costs extra money (we have annual passes to the place but this exhibit is extra), and b). it would teach only one theory of the dinosaurs.
She then says, "Do you really think the earth is only a few thousand years old? You really don't think the dinosaurs were here millions of years ago? Before humans?" Then she goes on to the other topics we've discussed before including Adam and Eve and other stuff (knowing we don't agree on a lot of it).
I love my Mom dearly and for the most part, she is a great support to our family. She loves our children whollly and is very supportive of our large family and our desire to homeschool. So I don't want this to be a big sticking point but really why can't she just let it go?
What would you do? I try to just redirect the conversation, but she just keeps pushing me and it feels awkward and I get all jumbled on how to explain to her why we believe what we believe. BTW, she is a follower of Jesus but she and my Dad definitely have some liberal views. I don't know how to handle this and feel like I didn't handle the phone converstiaon well at all.
She even alluded that we were sheltering our children way too much. What she doesn't know is that our 13YO son is studying geology right now and I even gave him several resources, including ones that present different theories from a more secular standpoint. I do want him to be exposed and to decide what he believes for himself. Thankfully, he believes in Creation as we do, but I also know he is mature enough to handle the thought-provoking discussions we have had (and our little ones are not so why expose them to something we don't believe is fact but is presented as fact?).
Thanks for any advice if you have dealt with something similar (whether about Creation Science or some other subject). I just wish she wouldn't put me up to the questions and expecting explanations.