Ever since I had my first baby boy, I knew I wanted to raise him as a Christian.
I am not an expert, just a mom eager to learn new things to grow in faith along with my kids. I was raised in a Catholic school under a strict regimen, but I wanted to find a more kid-friendly way to introduce them to God so they feel close to Him.
While watching my baby I have noticed numerous things that he is attracted to.
In an effort to get him exposed to our Christian beliefs I have utilized some of the natural attractions most children have to assist in getting him used to things of God.
5 Ways to Introduce Faith to Children
1. Making Faith Part of a Morning Routine
Every morning, we come downstairs and I place him on his high chair while I make breakfast.
This is the time we do our morning prayers and reading.
Even though he is still fairly young (under two), I can see he knows it’s time for morning reading. He still gets his morning bottle while I read, but he has become used to me reading a passage before I get to my breakfast.
We also practice daily gratitude during our morning routine.
Every morning we sing “Good morning God, thank you for the sun” and repeat it with different things we appreciate like flowers, breakfast, birds, etc.
Is hard to tell how much he truly understands, but he has become used to this routine and he waits for it just like his others routines.
Therefore, it is building up within him and will eventually become part of his own personal daily worship.
2. Making Bible Stories Come Alive
Like most people, I’ve heard and read the Bible stories many times.
Many of them I know by heart and even when somebody brings it up in conversation. Sometimes I have found myself finishing the story because the person doesn’t quite remember how it ends.
However, it wasn’t until I read a book by a writer who described Bible stories with such detail that I felt like I was actually in the story that I started changing my own way of storytelling. I want to do things for my son that made Jesus a reality.
So, I started to make voices and gestures when I was reading to my baby.
And it worked!
Turns out my son can tell which story I’m going to tell just by hearing certain noises I make. He gets all excited.
Now he brings these books to us and requests these books. Sure, he probably doesn’t completely understand, but I can see that he enjoys this way, and therefore he sticks to it.
If I enjoy stories with intonation, noises and expressive excitement so will my kids.
3. Singing Christian Songs and Scripture
My baby loves music. I sing his favorite songs over and over.
Sometimes in the morning when he gets cranky because I am not quick enough at making breakfast, I sing the words“good morning” to the baby again and again with different tones. It seems to do the trick and he becomes happy again.
Eventually, I downloaded some Christian songs so he can start understanding scripture. He loves “Jesus loves me” and he claps when I sing to him. He also got a lamb stuffed animal that plays that tune. He grabs it and asks me to play it, we try to carry it around.
Most babies like music, so why not include some lyrics that would remind us of God’s Word more often.
The good thing about little ones is that as long as you sing to them they will be happy. They don’t care about the quality of your voice. And God’s word provides all the lyrics you’ll ever need!
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4. Giving them Faith-Inspired Stickers
My baby knows Winnie the Pooh.
This might be normal for some kids, but considering he’s only watched one episode of Winnie the Pooh I find it fascinating that he continually is able to identify this character.
Winnie the Pooh’s picture is on the box of wet wipes, the stickers from the doctor’s office and many other places.
Exposure is essential to keep things at the forefront of a child’s mind.
Since kids love stickers, it’s an easy way to promote faith. There are also stickers with common sayings like “Jesus Loves You!” or Bible characters.
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5. Teaching Them to How to Pray
A wonderful way to build a relationship with God is through prayer. Teaching your child to pray is something that will be with them their entire lives.
Before going to bed is the perfect opportunity to introduce him to prayer.
Jesus gives us an example of how to pray in Mathew 6. But what is better than praying that same bedtime? Praying a prayer that glows!
We’ve found these beautiful glow-in-the-dark pillows that feature the Lord’s prayer and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep that when you turn the lights off, they glow like the stars.
My son loves his and some moms have even told me that their child is not afraid of the dark anymore. My friend’s young boy uses it to get up in the middle of the night and go to the restroom to get some water.
The comfort of the glowing pillow and the words written on it can comfort children. Having a positive memory of prayer will help them as they start their own journey of praying.
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