Q: Our three grandchildren live in a different part of the country and we almost never get to see them (maybe once or twice a year, at most). We’d like to be a good influence on them (especially spiritually), but how can we when they’re so far away? — N.G.
A: You could show them by example how you think good and moral people should behave. You could send them emails, letters, or postcards that let them know how you live your lives. Accounts of how you treat each other with respect and love and how you help friends, family, and your community should be good examples for them. You may even want to start a blog that chronicles your actions. You can set up a blog for free at a number of sites including WordPress and Blogger. (If you are concerned about your privacy, you can limit access to your posts on these sites to a select number of people of your choosing.)
If you were my parents, I would ask that you not have a spiritual influence on my children. I have come to realize that belief in a supernatural god is completely irrational, and I do not want my children taught that any of these gods are real. A growing number of people think this way, and your children may be included among them.
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