Master Mutant wrote:Do the J.W.'s teach that children don't have to obey their parents like some baptists do, if the children are in the church and the parents are not?
JWs teach children to love, obey and respect their 'worldly' parent, but obedience to the JW parent takes precedence over the worldly parent if there's a conflict over JW beliefs and practices.
I'll use an example from my own childhood: if Daddy forbids Mommy from taking you out in field service, you are expected to go along with any fibs and deception Mommy uses to hide field service activity from Daddy. If you side with Daddy and agree that you do not want to go out in field service, you are being disloyal to Jehovah and allowing Satan to influence you through Daddy.
Growing up being told that your own father is a conduit through which the Devil tries to lure you into everlasting destruction is fairly terrifying and confusing.
For single parent/split custody households where the child is JW and the parent is not, pretty much the same rules apply. Obey your parent, but only up to the point where their parenting conflicts with your religious mandates. Be respectful, but grit your teeth and fight the good fight until you're 18 and on your own.