My daughter is being raised in a PIMI household and spends a significant time with me in a POMO household. I don’t pressure her to believe, so she is thinking/pressured about becoming a JW from the other end, so she is reluctant about celebrating holidays and birthdays, but as any kid, she loves the gifts and attention, so she will “not celebrate but still do things”.
She is becoming a teenager however, and showing interest in not-so-JW-things. Her mother forbids Star Wars for violence and magic, but she wants to watch it, she wants a few horror video games, she wants to shoot things and go hunting but guns aren’t allowed, so I’ve compromised for archery.
What do parents of teenagers do? I have full legal right to do whatever I want with her as far as believes and healthcare according to the custody papers, so I won’t lose anything there. I want to ease her into the things she wants to do, on the other hand I don’t always want to compromise and choose a middle road. I also don’t want her to feel bad that she’s feeling like she has to hide things from her other family. I’ve tried to discuss “the deeper things” about the JW, but these days it seems they don’t teach all that much substance anymore, so there is little to latch onto since there is no logical buildup, just a statement of facts.
Anyone navigate these waters before? It’s an entirely different experience from what I had as a child. What would you have liked as a child?