- Who was responsible for your religious upbringing? The JW or the non-JW? My JW Mom. Dad didn't have any idea the extend of the brainwashing. I don't think he even realizes it now.
- Did they argue about it? No
- Were you forced to go? Yes, or more guilted into going by my Mom. You gotta prove you "love Jehovah" so you don't die at Armageddon.
- Did the non-JW parent have any real say in how the family celebrated holidays? Yes, None of my aunts, uncles, cousins were witnesses, only my Great-Grandmother. I always got to have Christman. When I was six I "stood up" against having a Xmas tree. Broke my Dad's heart. He loves the tree.
- Was your non-JW parent ever a JW? No my father isn't very religious at all.
- Over all what impact did this split household have on your childhood and even later in life? Like someone stated before, the worst part was thinking that my Dad would die at Armageddon. We were very close and he is an excellent father. It never made sense to me that God would kill my Dad while letting the assholes at the Kingdom Hall live to beat their children.
- What would you want therapists to know about your situation? Mainly just that our view of life was so skewed. Armageddon was always around the corner. We would never finish school, get a job, have children. My daughter just graduated high school and I'm not dead yet!
- Any other thoughts? I'll probably think of some later.
Keep us posted on this Lady Lee.