7 Practical Ways To Share Your Faith With Your Child:
Below is a list of practical ideas to pass on the faith to your child:
- MAKE FAITH MEANINGFUL. Look out for examples from life, such as a sick person who trusts in God and is happy, to show how faith can be meaningful in our daily life.
- LOOK FOR A GOOD QUALITY SERVICES. Just like you look for a good hairdresser, look out for masses/centres/communities which cater for children’s needs such as those having children’s liturgy, a priest which is child-friendly, songs which children know etc.
- PRAYER WITH ART/SPORT ETC... Experiment with various styles of prayer to discover how your child prefers to pray. Is it through singing or dancing to a religious song from Youtube, a spontaneous prayer, a bible story and a complementary prayer, a favourite prayer s/he knows by heart, through a craft etc?
- RESOURCES. Have a few resources at home which your child can choose from to grow in his/her faith such as a comics about the life of a saint, a prayer book, a video of a favourite Bible story or a children’s Bible appropriate for his/her age etc which you can buy both from local bookshops or on-line.
- RESPECT. Passing on faith cannot be imposed or presented as a should but rather as another resource in life. Respect your child’s way of prayer, un/belief, doubt etc and just be there lovingly.
- EXAMPLE. If you are trying to grow in your faith whether it is alone or with others, in the quiet of your family or in a group it is likely that your children will follow in one way or another.
- SUPPORT. If you have areas where you are stuggling in your faith seek the support of a lay or religious spiritual director both for yourself and for your child. You can also talk about the matter with friends who share your faith and vision.
Published: September 2017