Talking to Kids about God

Regular readers know that this is a constant theme of these pages. I’m always trying to grow in my own faith and to discern how to best guide my daughters toward a relationship with God and a deep and abiding faith. Jen at Conversion Diary has a great discussion going on the topic of passing on belief to young children.

Jen writes:

One of the things that’s difficult for me as an adult convert to Christianity is that I have no idea what it looks like to talk to children, especially very young children, about belief.

First of all, I have no idea what it’s like to have a “childlike” faith in God. I was an atheist as a child and that worldview seemed pretty obvious to me, so I naturally assume that all children start their lives from a position of nonbelief. Coming to faith was an epic struggle for me that involved reading shelves and shelves of books, so I tend to fall into assuming that that’s what it takes for everyone to have faith. I’ve heard that’s not true—people tell me that kids usually have a natural understanding of God, that belief is the default for most people—but it’s not something I can imagine based on personal experience.

To be honest, I feel awkward when I talk to my toddlers about our beliefs.

Jen asks her readers to share their insights and experiences.  Jen has some of the best readers and the most insightful discussions going. I thought some of the answers she got on this thread were especially thoughtful and worth pondering. Check it out.

4 Responses to Talking to Kids about God

  1. The Bookworm October 13, 2008 at 2:31 am #

    Those are the two I’ve been playing … but I’m not meant to be packing wink.

  2. the mama_nerd October 14, 2008 at 1:15 am #

    oh drat… just when I thought I was off to bed…

  3. Ellyn October 16, 2008 at 9:23 am #

    just a few minutes won’t hurt…right?

  4. Ellyn October 16, 2008 at 9:56 am #

    4500+ grains later…the best little refresher course this art history major has found.  Now just a few more before bed….

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