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Young children’s capacity to think about God

Young children’s capacity to think about God

Talk to any 3- or 4-year-old and you will find a capacity to think about God. Researcher Justin Barrett says, “They already have something like an impulse to think about supernatural beings, to account for why things are the way they are and how things work in the...

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A child’s soul: under construction

A child’s soul: under construction

A child’s soul develops like a new building under construction with scaffolding around it. Parents and other adults provide a framework for support, but the child is the one under development. The point is the child—or the building. Everybody looks past the...

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Guilt without baggage makes children strong

Guilt without baggage makes children strong

How can we help children develop an internal moral compass– a conscience– but without the negative baggage that guilt brings? How can we help them not just have a change of actions, but a change of heart? A change of heart is the realm of the spirit Spiritual...

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Build a child’s spiritual vocabulary

Build a child’s spiritual vocabulary

Help children build a spiritual vocabulary, using the same methods as when you taught them basic vocabulary words. When they learned animal names, you had picture books of animals, “Where’s the bird? What does the bird say?” And when you went outdoors, “See the bird?...

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Kids’ conversation starters: I want to be a….

Kids’ conversation starters: I want to be a….

We all heard the question as kids ourselves, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Hard to say or predict but these six questions can lead you into an interesting conversation with older elementary or tween children. Questions are taken from Ralph T. Mattson and...

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Kids revisit family photos and learn

Kids revisit family photos and learn

Family photos reveal much about us and the people who shaped our early years. Why not take time with your children to learn something new from them? Dig a little deeper into scenes from previous generations. With photos on the screen before you, or with photo album in...

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God: Like no other authority figure

God: Like no other authority figure

“It would be easy for kids to draw the wrong conclusion about their complaints by thinking that God is like other authority figures they have in their lives. Sometimes It is not safe to speak honestly to a human authority figure—especially if you want to accuse that...

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If spirituality is worth talking about, then talk!

If spirituality is worth talking about, then talk!

A New York Times op-ed notes that "many people now avoid religious and spiritual language because they don’t like the way it has been used, misused and abused by others." Maybe we can help to rekindle confidence in the vocabulary of faith so that the mis-users and...

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How a kid’s belief in God can calm fears

How a kid’s belief in God can calm fears

Trouble is here to stay, and with it, people’s right to think their own kind or cruel thoughts, feel their own hate or love, do good or bad. In our troubles, we have God who shares them with us. Conversation starter: Main idea: God stays with you in ugly situations....

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Things we don’t talk about we tend to forget.

Things we don’t talk about we tend to forget.

Sometimes our good intention to let children form their own spirituality can result in misunderstanding. When they don’t hear us talk about our own faith, they may think we aren’t interested in the topic. Consider taking your turn to answer the questions below. Main...

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Knowing what’s right moves some kids to action

Knowing what’s right moves some kids to action

The source of spiritual strength for some children lies in their focus on right and wrong. For them, knowing what’s right moves them to action. Teachers and parents can teach them safe practices for speaking up, and how to involve responsible adults as they advocate...

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Candles and rituals in a child’s life

Candles and rituals in a child’s life

When children connect with God, they are forging their bond with a primary caregiver. They are establishing a stable relationship to God and a secure attachment pattern with God. Conversation starter Some children express their faith through a combination of sensory...

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6th Anniversary: Personal note from Janet

6th Anniversary: Personal note from Janet

Today we celebrate the 6th anniversary of the Child-Centered Spirituality website. Thank you.... With gratitude to you who read us on Facebook, in your email box, and on the blogsite. Some of you find us on Pinterest and share with others the beautiful posters made by...

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Kids & God @Home 09

Kids & God @Home 09

There's a temptation to teach children. In the occasional adult-child conversations about our inner lives, the adult's focus is rather to continue opening space for the child to experience God's unconditional love. Conversation starter Starting in early childhood and...

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