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Anonymous asked: I told my mom that i'm atheist so now she is making my life a living hell. I don't know what to do. Why can't she respect my opinion?
One of the best things you can do is just try to give it more time. For some people finding out that information is quite a shock, but as the shock wears off so too should the animosity. It may be difficult but unfortunately now that the information is out there you can’t undo it. You simply have to continue to show your mother that you are the same person you were before she found out that you are an Atheist.
It can be difficult for a parent to respect the opinion of their child in a situation like this because of the strong emotions tied to religion. A parent could see it as you rejecting who they are or how they raised you, rejecting the values they hold most dear. The key is to try to keep communication open with your mother so she can see that nothing about you has really changed and that you aren’t attempting to reject her or her parenting. If you can find a way to show your mother you still love her and care for her, but you have made a choice for yourself she will likely have an easier time accepting it, even if it takes time. I wish you the best of luck, it can be difficult, but I think no matter what it is better than living your life as something you’re not.