Just a few funny stories I thought I'd share about my 12 year old. For a little backstory, for as long as he has been alive, he was raised in an atheist and anti-theist household. I never forced or pushed, but if he had questions, I answered honestly and objectively (and I will always do so). So, he has always been encouraged to be honest, inquisitive, and objective.
Well, when he was 3, he very pleasantly yet matter-of-factly told my extremely religious grandmother that she, "talks about her Jesus too much." He had never heard me say that, lol. And she was harping on and on and on about it...
When he was about 5, he attended a Christmas party with my parents and their foster kids (the agencies hold one for the foster kids each year). When the adults got to talking about Santa to the kids, when they got to him he--again pleasantly and matter-of-factly--told them, "Santa isn't real. My mommy buys my presents." Now, I did tell him that Santa was a myth people told around Xmas to get kids to behave, and I didn't tell him that I buy his presents.... but I didn't expect that to happen, lol.
Now, at almost 13, he grumbles that "adults are stupid enough to believe in myths."
(photo is when he was about 6 or 7 years old)
My 92 yr-old Mom is crying at me about my kids' religious beliefs, prayer, etc.
My 13 yr old and I had a conversation about his lack of belief last week. He simply cannot rationalize it. I suppose at this point a christian parent would have a stockpile of answers to give him ......