A child’s Spiritual Journey is unique as each child’s fingerprint. I have no right answer, and am only going off of what we think works well with our children. We have never pushed God or Believing in God on our children, but merely have shared our personal journey’s, feelings, and lessons we have learned from God to our children. They are fully aware of us having significant losses, of making mistakes in our lives, and the mercy that God has shown us in the end to saving us in times of complete darkness.
I didn’t have a very open relationship with my parents on this topic. I was raised Catholic and the only information I got was from my catechism classes every Wednesday. I remember praying the rosary with my grandma as a kid and her explaining to me the power of it. I remember her telling me never fear anything because God is on my side. So everynight as I laid in bed scared of the dark I remember asking God to watch over me. I asked his guardian angels to stay with me and to not leave me, and that feeling of calmness, or peace at night, was my first encounter with my God. The next time I felt God was when I got confirmed, and I had to go through a day of praying and learning what that huge step was. I remember at the end of it, after I confessed my sins, I remember feeling as if there was a hand on my shoulder telling me everything was going to be okay.
I didn’t have a relationship with God. He was something foreign to me, that I couldn’t comprehend. When I moved after I graduated high school and ventured out on my own, the fear of God’s wrath pushed me away until he found me at a pregnancy resource center the day I found out I was pregnant with my first child. This was the day I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart as my savior. I made a promise to him that day, that I would stay thirsty, that I would indulge myself into him, and learn who he was. I since have developed a deep relationship with God and it’s one I share daily with my children. I never know when too early is to talk to them about him, but I was told by my mentor that it’s never to early to share his word. We pray on a daily basis, and we do activities to show God’s word through images so they can learn it and eventually understand it. I do research constantly to see how exactly I should approach them, and the words I should use to keep them in love with God. As a parent in the end I only want them to know something higher than themselves, to think of others in a loving way, and to want to help others. I want them to live a life devoted to goodness.
Below are some insights from articles I have read:
1. Understanding how a child’s faith forms is crucial to knowing how adults can most significantly enhance the child’s spiritual development.
2. There has been an increasing body of research over the last few years about the connection between mental and physical health. Here & Now has looked at mindfulness and how traits like curiosity and empathy can affect the shapes of our brains. Today we look at another aspect of that connection: spirituality.
3.Research shows, for example, that children who have positive active relationships to spirituality are 40 percent less likely to use and abuse substances, and have 60 percent less depression than other teenagers. There are also differences in the brain structure.
Lisa Miller, director of Columbia University’s Clinical Psychology Program, draws on that research, combining it with her personal observations, in her new book “The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving.”
Spirituality, she tells host Robin Young, refers to the child’s relationship to a higher power, whether that be nature, God, the universe – even a tree. The key is that the force has a guiding and active place in the child’s daily life. She also cautions that religion without spirituality can have an opposite and negative impact.
Obviously, the latter was true with me. So my plan now is to just help guide my children, and hopefully you can use these as resources to help guide your littles to find something to believe in above themselves so they can live a lifelong healthier, thriving, purposeful life. Enjoy- and above all Love on!!
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It is great to keep feeding our minds and souls with knowledge of parenting styles that motivate us to be the parents we desire to be. Parents that lead our children versus taking a chance on how we raise them.
5 Ways to Lead Your Children
Do you want to know how you can help your children manage their feelings, emotions, and live an intentional purposeful life? I share 5 ways to lead your children to learn to love others, give kindness, and most importantly to feel loved at their very inner core.
Taking your Kids to Church
Church doesn’t have to be that dreadful experience that makes you cringe. When you take your kids to church with you, you’re opening up a door that allows spiritual growth to occur. Read this blog to help remind you why you love church so much + why you want to share that with your children.
A Leap of Faith
Have you always wanted your children to know and understand how much God loves them? To never feel empty inside, and to just believe in something more than just themselves. You don’t know if you have enough time, or where to start? Or maybe you are afraid to take a leap of faith towards a new journey for your family? Well, here are some resources that has helped me find a place to just begin.
5 Fun Easter Activities
Enjoy 5 Fun, Christ- Centered Easter Activities with your children.
A Christian based learning curriculum that Ateam Mom uses for all her children’s homeschooling activities, projects, crafts, and self discipline needs.
Kids Christian Entertainment that helps explain whats in the Bible through captivating videos + songs
An app the Ateam uses to help guide their children’s relationship with God, while growing together in Christ, which builds a strong foundation for your family to stand upon.