Google+ Authentic Parenting: Teaching Your Children About Spirituality

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Teaching Your Children About Spirituality

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Regardless of whether your family considers itself to be religious or not, there will come a time when your child starts asking big questions about spirituality. If your household is a secular one, your child might start asking why you don’t attend a place of worship like their friends. Questions about the existence of god or a spiritual dimension are inevitable, so it’s important to be prepared for when your child starts to show an interest in issues of spirituality.

Take an Educational Approach
Whatever your beliefs, it’s preferable that your child receives a balanced, information-based overview. Remember that your child will eventually make up his or her mind independently, and all you can really do is present them with the relevant tools with which to do so. It’s very important to educate your child to respect the beliefs of others and practice tolerance and curiosity. You need to set a good example here and refrain from rejecting the spiritual beliefs of others outright or making derogatory remarks about other religions. There are plenty of helpful books for all age groups that lay out the beliefs of all the major world religions in an accessible style, so it may be worth investing in one of these. The more your child learns, the more willing they will be to respect different spiritual approaches.

Alternative Spirituality and Secular Beliefs
Even if you don’t believe in god, don’t assume that your child isn’t interested in learning about the idea of a higher power. Spirituality is heavily linked to morality, and it’s important to develop a healthy sense of morality in your child so that they can distinguish right from wrong and learn to make good decisions. Teaching your child about caring for others and for the environment is a great way to start them off in their spiritual development. If your personal beliefs lean more towards alternative spirituality, you can use a site like Kooma to educate your child about astrology, psychic healings and the tarot.

No-one has All the Answers
Even if you’re a staunch Christian, Muslim, Atheist or Jew, it’s important to let your child know that you don’t have all the answers. No one is in possession of these, and this is why faith is necessary for belief in a particular religion or the existence of a spiritual dimension. Remind your child that although you can attempt to answer their questions to the best of your abilities, you are still learning too when it comes to spirituality.

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