A child’s mind is a curious place full of numerous questions. Most of them related to the customs and beliefs that you follow your entire life. Therefore, it is necessary to build a foundation for their faith at an early age by clearing out any confusion and answering their questions. A few practices that you can follow to strengthen a child’s beliefs and faith are listed below.
Educate them with history
A child is all ears when listening to a story. This can be one of the most important practices to bring a child closer to your religion and beliefs. Tell them all about how your religion evolved and the reason behind all your beliefs.
Educate them about the sacrifices their ancestors might have made for the religion to survive. A child would always admire stories about the strength, perseverance, and faith of the ancestors in history.
Make yourself a source for all their answers
Don’t let your child hang in confusion about why they are supposed to follow a certain pattern without any understanding. Do provide them with justifications behind all the practices they are asked to follow.
It’s always a good option to educate yourself first and then explain to your child about all the facts and beliefs that you follow, rather than just handing them a book or manual to read. As a child is more interested in knowing what is narrated to them and would hardly make additional efforts to read a book.
Excite them about Religious Holidays and Festivities
Every religion celebrates its holy days and festivals. This can be a great source of learning for kids about their religion.
Holidays that are happy and exciting will keep the child’s attention, and they will want to participate. However, you must tell those stories and the meaning behind every holy day for them to connect to it on a spiritual level and not just be an audience.
Keeping a religious attendance
For any religion to survive in an individual, it is extremely essential to attend all the religious gatherings and services held every time. This shouldn’t be something that your family follows only when convenient. Moreover, this has to be a regular practice among your family to never miss any time of worship or service.
Build a religious custom home
Your child will only learn to love their religion if they live in an environment in their regular life that keeps them close to their beliefs and faiths.
This can be achieved by building a well-designed custom home that can include facilities according to your religion, be it a prayer room or library of religious books. It is always a great idea to build religious custom homes that are inspired by nature as it will keep you close to God’s creations on Earth.
Enlighten them with a relatable story
Let your child learn from your experiences. You must have had incidents in your own life where the only thing that helped you through it would be your faith in God and the religion you follow.
Be comfortable enough to tell these stories to your child so that they can relate to them and will learn from you for their future.
Preach a nonjudgmental behavior
One of the biggest fears for a child when following the path of faith is the fear of judgment. For this purpose, it is immensely necessary that you enforce an attitude of not worrying about society and following what they think is right.
Simultaneously, it is also very necessary for you to teach your child how a human being has no right to judge another. It is never a concern of the faithful to judge others on basis of their faiths and beliefs, as this will only harm their spiritual journey.
Be Very gentle and supportive
Always handle a child with gentleness and care. You might have taken all necessary steps for your child to strengthen their faith but keep in mind that they can have their own opinions and concerns. Rather than terrorizing them to follow the path you’re guiding, listen to their concerns with love and kindness and help them through their confusion.
Apart from all the activities that you can follow to strengthen your child’s faith, the most important one is to first strengthen your faith and follow all the religious activities yourself. A child can only learn and listen when one tells them about religious beliefs. But children will only follow all the religious activities when they experience them being followed in their surroundings in everyday life.