Demonstrate Practical Applications
Children like to know why they are doing things, especially as they get older. Every teacher has had a child ask them in complete seriousness why they have to learn something whether it is long division or the symbolism of the boat in “The Giver.” Parents have undoubtedly faced the question as well.
“Why” is an important question for children to learn to ask, otherwise they will never learn critical thinking or be able to figure out if someone truly has their best interests at heart. The question can be maddening for parents and teachers, but children should never be taught to stop asking “why.” If there is not a good answer to why you want them to do or not do something, it might be time to really think about why you are insisting on it.
Faith is no different. Children are likely to ask why faith matters, why bad things happen and why their religion teaches this instead of that. Be prepared to answer questions to the best of your ability, and tell them “I don’t know” if you truly do not have an answer.
Make it a point to show your children why faith matters. Help them find practical applications for their faith and places where their faith and actions truly make a difference. Having something to ground their faith in their own life makes it clear that faith matters and is not confined to worship services or to how a person thinks. Faith needs to be shown in action, so help your child find ways to show off their faith.