Should you have your child baptised?

The Dilemma: My husband and I are not religious but my parents are pushing us to have a christening for our new baby? Should we do it or just have a naming ceremony? New mum, Nundah

ELISHA CASAGRANDE: We did a Christening for both of our kids at the same time, our daughter was four and our son was one year old. Neither of us are overly religious and doing this was more about preparing for high school acceptances for us. We were quite neutral about it but it made our parents and our grandparents very happy.

NICOLAS BONASTRE: We didn't do either. Our front door is always open so our friends just popped by regularly to visit. And, we don't feel that we are missing out by not being able to send them to certain schools.

DANI WESTPORT: WE are agnostic so wouldn't do a religious ceremony. And I don't think we would send our daughter to a religious school, particularly as many of them still aren't particularly progressive when it comes to same-sex parents.

The Sunday Mail parenting jury: Dani Westport (left), Nicolas Bonastre and Elisha Casagrande
The Sunday Mail parenting jury: Dani Westport (left), Nicolas Bonastre and Elisha Casagrande

NICOLAS BONASTRE: And, we don't feel that we are missing out by not being able to send them to certain schools.

DANI WESTPORT: We had originally planned on a naming ceremony but we ended up being too lazy and then too much time had passed so we just had a first birthday party instead where a lot of people met her for the first time. Young babies are pretty boring and I find they are always asleep, crying or feeding when I visit friends with a newborn. It's nice to wait until they are a bit older and can be a little more interactive with guests.



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