One of the most important roles we play as parents is as the spiritual guide for our children. We’ve found a few simple ways to bring our faith in Jesus in to our children’s lives that I’m sharing with y’all today. We are far from having it all figured out and are still learning so much about every aspect of parenting. For our children to know Jesus at a young age and grow up with a strong faith is our constant prayer and highest goal. If you are of a similar mindset, here are a few simple ways to bring Jesus in to your child’s daily routine.
Five Simple Ways to Bring Jesus in to Your Child’s Daily Routine:
1) Pray with your kids before nap, meals, and at night.
We want our kids to know how important and personal talking to God is in daily life. We pray together at every meal, all holding hands as a family. We also pray with our little ones before nap and bed. With the Bear, we started asking him what he wanted to pray for a few months ago and are always surprised with what he has to say. Sometimes it is so sweet as he thanks God for his friends and his sister by name, other times it is more like Brick in Anchorman thanking God for everything he can see in his room. “Thank you God for lamp…” Every time it is a sweet conversation between our little man and his Creator.
2) Pray with your kids for others.
I created little “prayer pots” for both kids with the names of our family and ministries we pray for written on popsicle sticks. We use these mini clay pots. Bear gets to pull out a few to pray for when we brush teeth in the morning and at night. We pull one out to pray with the Pearl Girl and let her hold it while we pray. It is simple and straightforward, but they love it. Well, PG is more concerned with chewing on the popsicle stick, but Bear really loves it. We want them to love God and love others, so praying for others is a natural part of that goal.
3) Read the bible to your kids.
The Jesus Storybook Bible is our go to for bringing the bible in to our kid’s lives, but we also love to read books about Jesus. I love the way it puts scripture in to words kids can understand without dumbing it down. It also points every story towards Jesus, which scripture so clearly does. I get something out of it every time we read it. We plan to give the Bear another children’s bible for his 3rd birthday.
4) Tell them how God feels about them.
We tell our kids that God loves them every single day. Before nap and at night we tell them that Jesus loves most of all. We sing “Jesus Loves Me” and “Jesus Loves the Little Children” using their names in the songs. They’ve heard the songs thousands of times and I hope and pray their little ears really hear the words. We also sing songs like “This is the Day that the Lord has Made” throughout the day with our kids. The Bear loves to sing and PG thinks it is hilarious. I love the kid’s praise station on Pandora, or you can find some great worship music for kids on Amazon.
5) Bring them to others to hear about Jesus.
My kids have other people sharing Jesus with them every week at BSF, MOPS, and our church. These other voices are SO important in forming their early view of God. The BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) children’s program is so phenomenal. They use songs to teach even the youngest kids scripture and real biblical truth. It is priceless. The Bear’s first memory verse was, “And Jesus said, Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” So perfect, as it is his name verse.
How do you incorporate your faith in to your daily life and that of your children?
Read more about Simple Ways to bring Jesus in to Your Marriage here. You can read about how we celebrate Advent with our kids here, and our favorite Christmas traditions here. Here’s one way to teach your children about Easter.
Great ideas! My grandkids are often the first to remind me to pray before we eat.
I love the idea of the “prayer pot” Popsicle sticks!
Great thoughts- so important to instill in our children that Jesus is in every moment with us and needs to be the center of our lives. I think it is also important for our kids to see us in times of prayer and bible reading (if they are awake when this time occurs
You are so right, Shariss. They will model our actions more than our words.
We do the same in my family, but we pray to The Lord and Lady, the Earth Mother and the Green Man. We give thanks for our blessings, and pray for the well being of our friends and loved ones. We have also made a Goddess Garden where we grow vegetables and herbs together. We have started an oak grove to memorialize those whom have crossed the bridge. Different religions but the same goal – to spread love, joy and faith with your family. 😉 Blessed be.
Use daily examples/conflicts in life to look and reflect on what God did and share with your kids
Great read! Love the ideas. Teaching our kids about Jesus is so important
Love the ide@s! Bringing our kids closer to God and raising them in Christ.
I don’t think there’s a day that goes by where we don’t talk about Jesus at home…….if I don’t bring it up my daughter sure does. I figure if we do this now, we’ll still be doing it when conversations are even more important – those teen years
Loved this post! I am reading this on a Sunday after church and I struggled all day to think of neat ways to integrate “Sunday School” beyond the actual day with my toddler. These are great ideas!
Thankyou I love it. Something that I do is that I gave my 2 year old a little baby Jesús and de made a crib for Him. So every night we sing a baby song for Him and kiss Him goodnight.
I love this. I completely believe that they need to hear about God from other people, not just you! That was a great thing that I hadn’t thought about before. I recently wrote a post about helping toddlers learn about Jesus, check it our here: http://www.mathmomwithablog.com/?p=462 Hope to see you there and can’t wait to look through your other posts!
I was brought up like this and consequently rebelled from a very young age, when I realised I was being forced into something without a choice, I also know many many young people at my church who now won’t take a step in the building as they hate Christianity so might. It is people like this who put me off Christianity. I have many close friends of Muslim and Sikh backgrounds, it was knowing them, experiencing the big wide world from a non-christian point of view and making my own decisions that led me to becoming interested in Christianity. Now I am interested and will never dream of speaking to my parents about gerring closer to god because I know they will just force it on me. Your kids are young now so it’s easy to do what you’re doing g, but don’t make the mistake mine did and stop forcing stuff on them that they’re way too youmg to understand anyway. Let them experience God’s love properly whem they’re old enough and wise enough. If you love God enough you will TruSt him to show your kids he’s real rather than them believing it ‘cos mum said so’
Hey Hannah, I’m so sorry you were hurt by your parents’ approach to teaching you about faith. We believe it is a huge part of our job as parents to teach our kids about Jesus and who He can be in their lives, but deciding to follow Him is entirely up to them. Bringing Jesus in to our kids lives simply gives them the tools to be able to make that choice to love Him if they want to. It isn’t about rules or being good or forcing them to believe anything. Our kids live in a very diverse neighborhood and will go to school with kids of all different faiths, so they will see and experience the world. I hope you are able to find reconciliation with your parents, and I’m so sorry for the hurt you experienced. Know that God loves you so much. He really, really does. It is so cool that He is drawing you back to Himself through your friends.
I love this reminder and ideas! My husband and I are currently molding our first as a Jesus lover – she is 4.5 months old but you can never start too early!!
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Thank you for this list. I’ll be homeschooling my preschooler this year so I’m collecting ideas on how to incorporate the Bible in his learning. There’s many great ideas here.