How To Talk to Your Children About Religion And Faith?

 One of the biggest events of a parent’s life is when they have to have ‘the talk’. When we refer to the talk, it means discussing religion with kids. Since they’re tiny tots, the idea of a God or supreme power watching over us all may seem a bit puzzling to them, let alonerelatable. As parents, it is our responsibility to introduce them to our belief and faith, which includes a lot of conversations, and even more curious questions. If you’re wondering how to go about it without moving too quickly in the process, let us be of assistance. This blog will talk about five things you can do while discussing faith and religion with your child. 


  1. Introduce them to your religious texts: Children are very perceptive beings and it shows in their inner spark. When you start to talk about religion with them, make sure that you have a children’s version of your Holy Texts. Getting NIV Bibles with pictorial representations and small parables will help them develop an interest, and also integrate the lessons that we carry close to our hearts as adults. These are very foudational books but perfect to embark on the journey of finding a personal connection with religion.


  1. Help them establish their relationship with God: All of us have a special and deeply personal relationship with the ALmighty.  Ever since we were kids, the relationship we have with God have gone through many phases depending on our experience. For some, we consider God to be our friend and ally, and for the rest the powerful being takes on the role of a father. Children can be helped to form the same relationship by introducing the best friend, teacher, or parent archytype. You can also ease the ambiguity between these labels by making the role of God in their life as whatever they need them the most to be.


  1. Steer them towards the positives of religion: When practiced with earnestness and integrity, religion can become a defining cornerstone for individuals. Children can be taught to be more empathetic, non-judgemental, ethical, and compassionate based on the teachings of religion. Use the teachings of the Holy Book such as the commandments, proverbs, and parables to help them navigate through life.


  1. Inculcate gratitude as part of faith: Gratitude and thankfulness is an attitude that makes living in Grace easier. While navigating the changes in the life of your child, teach them the virtue of offering gratitude for all the good things that happen in their life. This can also be intertwined with faith in things growing for the better, bringing them closer to their belief in God.


  1. Answer their questions honestly: Children are remarkable observers and are very curious. However, their questions about religion may raise eyebrows, but remember that it is absolutely normal for curious minds to discover religion in their own way. Treat the questions matter-of-factly and answer them as honestly as you can without any defensiveness.


Wrapping Up:

We hope that our tips above help you create an open dialogue about religion at home. Our parting advice would also be to take the help of your family elders and religious community to help the children understand better.


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