By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
Family prayingWe're a praying kind of family. This is partly because we're religious, but it also has a lot to do with the hilarious prayers created by our kids. One son recently blessed dinner thusly: "Dear God, please bless my brother to stop being a stupid jerk and messing up all my stuff while I'm gone at school, because I really hate him but I'm not allowed to kill him or even hit him. Amen. Oh, and thanks for the food. I already said 'Amen'." This 10 second prayer was too long for our toddler, who closed her eyes with one hand and shoveled food into her mouth with the other. See? Who wouldn't want more of this at every meal? And yet, we also understand that not everyone-or even all our family members-share our faith, and so we work hard to teach our kids how to be respectful of everyone's beliefs. For some reason, Thanksgiving seems to be the ultimate test for this.
At a friend's home recently, the food was brought out, and everyone started toRead More »from The Great Mom Debate: How Do You Handle Religious Prayer at Thanksgiving?