“It was a little hard to believe, but the kids were reading a lot of religious comics.
They loved it.”
That’s what one parent, Kristy Daugherty, said in an interview with ABC News’ The View.
Daugries was an atheist in high school and had no problem reading religious content in her childrens’ books, but after a few months she stopped reading religious comic books altogether.
“We thought that was an easy decision to make because they loved them,” she said.
“They liked the stories.”
But the family struggled to find any answers for what caused the sudden change.
“I was really struggling to understand what was going on,” she recalled.
“It wasn’t like they were having some major crisis.
It was just a gradual change in the behavior.”
Daugry is now working with a counselor to help her children better understand the effect religious texts and stories can have on them and their parents.
“For the kids, it was an eye-opener, it gave them some understanding,” Daugretsy said.
Daughries also said she has begun to understand that her children are not alone in their growing sense of self-doubt.
“Our kids have a lot to learn about the world.
They’re not just reading books,” she told ABC News.
“As adults, we’ve seen how the world can be a dangerous place.
We’ve also seen how people can do terrible things and still be okay.”
As Daugreys son grew older, he started to ask questions about the books he was reading.
He told his mother that he was becoming more and more uncomfortable reading the Bible.
She realized that his questions were about him and not about the story.
“That’s when it really clicked,” she remembered.
“He realized it was OK to be uncomfortable with certain things in the Bible.”
Daughreys now believes that reading religious texts is part of what caused her children’s new religious beliefs.
“My kids are now able to see the world from a different perspective,” she explained.
“When I was reading the stories, I would think, ‘Well, it’s not so bad.
It’s OK to feel this way.'”
And now, Daugrey is working with counselors to help them teach her children to trust and love each other.
“The biggest thing is that they’ve been able to look at their own emotions,” she added.
“And to not have to worry about the things that are going on in the world, that are not good.”