Q&A: 'How Do I Teach My Toddler
About God?'

Start with simple rituals--and examine your own values.

Dear Mimi,


My son is 20 months old, and I wonder what to teach him about spirituality. How do you teach a toddler about God? Since my husband and I are undecided ourselves, is the best way to explore different religions and try to teach him values?


--Anita

A: Dear Anita,
Teaching values and exploring different religions are a great way to begin your family's spiritual journey. I encourage you to read simple books to your son that are rich in spiritual meaning. You might find your own soul fed by these lovely messages. I love "Where Does God Live?" by Holly Bea.

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Even as young as 20 months, we can catch a glimpse of what a child finds beautiful, relaxing, and comforting, which are at the core of spirituality. I believe that children come to us with a natural connection to spirit. By nurturing this part of our children-this open, joyful, expansive, imaginative connection-we allow them to maintain it. It's often a challenge to nurture a toddler's busy quest for exploration, but by supporting this quality, rather than hovering over him ready to jump in and fix things for him, you encourage his spirit. By respecting children's inner lives, we give them a life-long gift in a society that often dims kids' natural light.
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