Oh my dear, this is such a heart-tugging thing you are going through. You know what is best for your son, and going to those meetings is not what he needs. He needs to make new friends and build new relationships, healthy ones.
Children understand only so much when they are young. They cling to the familiar, and his JW buddies are the "familiar". He will be sad for awhile, and will bug you about it, but if you remain steadfast and determined, and basically "ignore" his desires, things will calm down. (It's sort of like moving away to a whole new neighborhood and new school--he will adjust, it just takes time.) Be glad that he has not intered puberty yet, as those times can be totally caotic, with raging hormones to deal with as well. He is still young enough that you can see him through this to the other side. It will be okay.
You just have to show him that you are strong. Most kids fear Armageddon. What a horrible way to control people and children--through fear. Gradually, as you become stronger, so will he. I think it's amazing that your six year old is already right by your side on this.
If you begin meeting your neighbors and socializing a bit, and getting to know your son's teacher, students and parents, a whole new network will open up for good associations that will help him to heal.
I will be thinking of you. Please keep us posted.
Love and Light,
Edited by - Sentinel on 14 October 2002 18:45:26