How to Teach Children to Have Faith

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As a parent, one of your most important responsibilities is to help your children develop their spirituality, often resulting in a specific kind of faith. That task isn’t always as easy as it sounds, so how can you tackle the mission? Read on to find out!

Choose a Faith

One concept that is becoming somewhat popular in society is to let children “choose their faith.” This method can work, but it doesn’t mean that you should avoid educating your children at all. It’s wise to pick a faith in which you are going to raise your children and to bring that faith into your daily life. You can certainly teach children about other religions, as you well should, but picking one provides a foundation to draw from, compare and contrast.

Derive the Meaning

Sometimes, children become disenchanted with a faith because they don’t understand the practices in which they are engaging. For example, let’s think about the Catholic season of Lent. During this time period, Catholics give something up. Explain to your children that this is in honor of Jesus Christ, who gave up his life for all of humanity. Additionally, encourage them to choose to give up something that has meaning to them. If they really never eat chocolate, abstaining from candy is not going to teach much. Instead, encourage them to put coins from their allowance into a box each day to be donated to a charity at the end of Lent.

A Family Event

Creating a house of faith is difficult if one or more of your family members isn’t on board. Make it a rule that everyone needs to attend church, temple, mosque or other worship services together. Children will see that practicing their faith is a family event, and they can also understand that prayer and adherence to a religion help to bring the family closer together. You can even make a ritual out of it. After attending Sunday mass, for instance, you can go for a nature walk or out to breakfast together.

Explore Other Options

It’s important to explain to your children that faith is the most important component. Yes, dogma and rules do have their roles in connecting with a higher power, but you also want to teach your children how to be spiritual – from within. Maybe you are a Methodist family. When your children are young, you can go to your regular masses. As they get older, consider exploring some other churches. You can visit a Catholic church, a Mosque, and practice some meditation. As a result, they will have different faith experiences, and they will see that they could select one of these other religions to pursue their relationship with spirituality, inner power and more. You need to ensure that them that whatever faith they choose will be acceptable to you.

Spirituality is extremely important, as it can provide untold benefits, such as peace of mind, inspiration to make good choices, and a sense of purpose in the world. Establishing faith can be difficult, because it does vary from one person to another. However, exploring the aforementioned tips can help to bring your entire family together and closer to a community or philosophy that is much larger than you all.

Josef Benda writes about parenting, faith and education. His recent work is on the Top 10 Best Online Christian Colleges.

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