Spirituality for Children

Recently I’ve been wondering if it might be a good idea to introduce a little bit more, well, spirituality into the household. The children seem to be frenetic all the time, rushing about doing activities, playing quite violent games with each other and watching the constant noise which is CiTV. I think they need time to just sit and think about things. To appreciate quietness, and to think about who they are, their place in the world and so forth. This idea is often overlooked in life and I know whenever I take the time to sit quietly, gather my thoughts or go along to church or yoga I always feel better.

All of our children have been Baptised in Church and my husband has a fairly strong faith, I don’t understand quite as much about it all as he does, but I have in recent years been trying to learn more. Unfortunately attendance at church doesn’t fit into our regular routines easily, especially as it clashes with swimming lessons which I consider very important at least at the moment. I am also slightly skeptically about whether attendance at church on a regular basis would provide the children with a sense of spirituality and their place in the world. I suspect it might just provide them with boredom at this young age.

So how does one try to introduce this concept, which is essentially one which will enhance their well-being? I have thought about lighting a candle and asking them to talk a little about something that is worrying them, or that makes them happy and to start to get them to think about saying a little prayer as a way of expressing their concerns. I’ve also tried to start to explain to them through books, videos on the web and so forth that others are not quite so fortunate as they are. We have taken them to museums and have discussed other peoples faith’s and the reasons why its important. However, I dont think they have actually taken it onboard in the sense that it could apply to themselves. I wonder if I should look into taking them to children’s yoga classes or simply to spend 5 minutes every day just teaching them how to breath properly and relax.

What do you do? Do you think its important for children? I’d appreciate your thoughts and ideas.


4 Responses

  1. Jen Walshaw 22nd June 2013 / 3:59 pm

    Hmm, I am not sure that actually going to church is something for us either. I am an agnostic and Drew is an Atheist! <br /><br />I am trying to introduce mindfulness to the boys and quiet times. <br /><br />They get religious instruction at school and that is fine. We discuss spirituality at the dinner table a lot

  2. Pippa W 23rd June 2013 / 4:51 pm

    I did just write a huge comment, but I realised as I finished that it isn&#39;t the point.<br /><br />You mentioned some ideas that you are comfortable with and that&#39;s the best way. It wouldn&#39;t matter what I said because if you weren&#39;t comfortable with it yourself and with your own knowledge of it then it wouldn&#39;t do you or the children any good.<br /><br />One thing I would do

  3. Deb 24th June 2013 / 9:50 am

    Hello!<br />I was just listening to Women&#39;s Hour and I think I heard you talking about childcare issues (well, I hope it was you otherwise I&#39;ll look a bit of a prat).<br /><br />Anyway, I am taking a blogging break but used to &#39;know&#39; you so thought I would find your blog and here I am!<br /><br />Years ago I discovered an American woman called Mimi Doe who has a website called

  4. Muddling Along 24th June 2013 / 10:25 am

    I wish I knew the answer – I&#39;ve dragged the girls along to mass since they were tiny in the hope that it might rub off but have held back from prayers at home which may have been a mistake<br /><br />We try and focus on happy things to be grateful for at the end of the day in bed – one thing that made them laugh, one thing that made them smile but to be honest their usual reply is can&#39;t

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