Provide spiritual security by engaging with the child’s spiritual questions and curiosity. In the busyness of everyday life it can be easier to skip over their questions, or give pat answers, especially if spiritual topics make us uncomfortable anyway.
Notice how these adults were developing children’s physical and emotional security at the same time:
My friend Terah is a social worker. She was on a routine visit in a good, stable foster home where two children, in kindergarten and first grade, had recently been placed. During her visit, one of the children commented, “What we really like in this new house is that it has an alarm system so we can tell if anyone is leaving.” When they were up in their rooms at night, they knew that the foster parents were still home. The beep-beep-beep of the alarm every time an outside door opened gave them the security of knowing that the adults were not leaving.
Children strongly desire a sense of security. The world can be a scary place for little people who have little control over what happens to them. In the same way they feel secure physically and emotionally, they can feel secure spiritually too. What are some ways you could help the children in your life feel secure in their spirit?
In my next post: Prepare for spiritual questions when your child watches the new movie “Noah.”
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It is true that in our busyness we can half answer a question even without eye contact with the child which tells him that his question is not important and he is not important. Sometimes life gets so crazy that I think it is OK to say; “Can you wait a couple of minutes so that I can really listen to you?”
Whenever I can, I tell my little 3 year old granddaughter that God loves her and will ALWAYS be with her.