Arian Foster recently wrote an article for Yahoo! Shine, Yahoo’s women’s lifestyle, healthy living and fashion blogs, titled “6 Things I’ll Try to Teach my Daughter”. Normally I don’t put too much stock into what athletes have to say because well, athletic acuity aside, they’re not always the sharpest tools in the shed. Foster however may have just jumped to the top of my pro athletes with whom I have a secret bromance with list.
You can certainly see by reading the list that Foster is going through what most new parents go through and wants to do his best to tech his daughter how to have a happy, successful life. The list is what you would expect for the most part. Teach her the value of a dollar, teach her about happiness, teach her to question everything, etc.
Until you get to number 6.
6. The flying spaghetti monster. There are billions of people on Earth with hundreds of religions and sects that trickle off each other. I will never tell her what to believe in. I know parents are very influential on kids’ spiritual beliefs and that can be a positive or negative thing. I can give her a basic understanding of religions when she starts showing interest and asking questions. But I will remain silent otherwise. How can I make a young mind believe this is the truth for them when they don’t yet have the capacity nor the cognitive desire to delve into something like this? If she shows interest I would advise her to fully investigate a religion and see if it fits her. And if she chooses none of the above, I’ll be fine with that as well. The values I instill in her should guide her to her decision. What’s most important, I believe, is to support her decision no matter what.
If only more new parents had this outlook on religion and passing it on as knowledge and a choice rather than through brainwashing and fear that so many seem to prefer. I kind of feel guilty for not drafting him in either of my fantasy leagues now. I’m sorry Arian! Keep up the great work, from the sounds of it you’re going to raise a pretty excellent member of society and FSM knows we need more of that.