On the First Sunday of Lent, I was singing along with the choir when I glanced at my two-year-old son and noticed that he was lip singing along too. He knew I had noticed and he could tell that it made me happy. He put his palms together at the moment of adoration of the Holy Communion…I stood in awe — at his emerge of early learning of his faith. I truly believe that the most valuable gift we can hand down to our children is our faith. So how do we pass on faith to our children?
• It’s caught not taught – the best way to communicate faith is by living the example. Most importantly one has to live the gospel in order to transmit it. We simply cannot pass the faith if we don’t live in loyalty to him. As a parent, it’s our duty to demonstrate faith and obedience to God.
• Transfer your faith – Parents have such a strong role in their children’s life as well as in their spiritual development. Take part when it comes to their growth. Don’t wait for the catechism teacher to teach them or a spiritual retreat to teach them about the faith, be their spiritual guide. Here are some tips.
• In Prayer: Pray before a meal, before bedtime, waking up, in need and in
happiness. By praying with our kids, we teach them that we rely upon God and need His presence in our daily lives.
• Worship as a family: try to avoid dropping your kids off at daycare during Mass. Let your children live it. I understand it can be a little overwhelming, trust me I know! I get a little frustrated with my boy. All he wants to do is rip the pages off the missal or play with the knee cushion thingy, but it’s all worth it when you catch your little ones participating… for 10 seconds at least.
• Bible time: This can be as easy as setting daily or weekly bible reading time. I do think it’s too early to have deep conversations with my two-year-old haha, but a great substitute, for now, can be “The Bible stories for kids”. The key is introducing the scriptures.
As a parent, one of my many goals is that my children will turn to their faith for making life decisions, building meaningful relationships, become impactful citizens, do well in school, and build purposeful skills. There’s nothing more important as a parent than leaving traces of a Faith that has and will continue to bear fruit, for our children and the generations to come.
Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Jenyfer D. Navichoque -Writer, unparalleled love