Teaching Kids About Spirituality

IMAGE According to some experts, spirituality can help kids make their way through life. Having a spiritual grounding can help kids deal with crisis, resist peer pressure, and avoid negative influences such as drugs and alcohol. It can also help foster better relationships with parents and keep kids focused on academic achievement.You may also reap the rewards later in life. One study showed the more often adult children attended religious services, the more likely they were to provide assistance to their parents as they aged. They also had better relationships, and were in more frequent contact compared to adult children who attended services less often.

Debunking Misconceptions

Knowing how to teach faith can be tough. This is especially true for adults who grew up without a spiritual education, who married someone of a different religion, or who do not feel comfortable with traditional religious teachings.Often, though, what keeps people from assuming the role of family spiritual leader are misconceptions about what spirituality is and how to convey it to children.

Myth #1: Spirituality and Religion Are the Same Thing.

One of the most prevalent misconceptions about spirituality is that it is synonymous with religion. Spirituality is about living life connected with all living things and embracing new experiences with wonder, gratitude, and humility. Religion is more about community, rituals, and shared support. Religion ties spirituality with other concepts. One who is spiritual may not necessarily be religious. People who practice one way or the other may apply the same practice, but they apply it in different ways.Whether you practice a traditional religion or whether your idea of spirituality leans toward the need to respect the earth, you can still convey your ideas to your children. What is important is not the label you give it, but the connection to something larger than yourself. Sometimes that connection can add perspective to life, making it easier for kids to deal with life's big and small problems.

Myth #2: Kids Do Not Really Care About This Stuff.

At a very young age, kids start asking the same philosophical and existential questions that people have asked for millennia. Kids are genuinely interested and concerned about these questions.Do not underestimate your children's curiosity; just as sure as they are going to one day ask why the sky is blue, they are going to wonder what happens when we die, where we came from, and why the world works the way it does.

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