We Are Raising Our Kids in Both Faiths
I've been married to my husband for over 10 years. I come from a Hindu background and he comes from a Christian background. Neither of us are super strict about our religions (my husband less so than me) but we are raising our kids in both faiths.
We Keep it Relaxed and Focus on Values and Morals
By that I mean we attend church, not every Sunday but we do go, and we also do Hindu prayers (puja) at home and occasionally go to the mandir. We celebrate Christian festivals like Easter and Christmas...and by that I mean we to to church on those occasions, not just stuff our faces with chocolate eggs and mince pies. We do that too of course! We also celebrate Hindu festivals like Diwali by doing puja at home/going to the mandir...and of course stuffing our faces with samosas and ras malai! We read the kids stories from the Ramayana and the Bible. Sometimes it is confusing for them but we keep it relaxed and focus more on the shared morals and values.
My Interview on BBC Asian Network
The other night I was a guest on the Mobeen Azhar radio show on BBC Asian Network as they were discussing raising kids in an interfaith marriage. I talked about whether or not I think the kids will be confused (yes there are times when they are....we're hoping they'll be ok in the end!), and what advice I'd give to couples from different religions who are planning on tying the knot (don't do it!...unless you're open to a bit of religious give and take). You can listen to my interview here:
Love Is All You Need
I don't know how an interfaith marriage and raising kids would work in with people who are very strict about their religions and do everything by the book. I imagine there would be a lot of clashes especially if one/both of the couple thought their religion was the only true religion. Myself and my husband have the view that love is the most important thing. We're just giving the kids two ways to worship God, two different sets of stories and lessons and two different communities to connect with.