THE THREE KEYS TO TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN THE FAITH
As Catholic Parents we have the honor and obligation to pass the faith along to our children. But, this can be hard and tricky work. Our children are well, children, and many of us are imperfect and were imperfectly formed in our own faith.
However, God made you a Catholic Parent, and therefore you need to really fight for your own faith and the faith of your children.
This video is the first in a series of videos that will help you understand how you can be an effective teacher of the Catholic Faith.
The 3 keys to teaching the faith are:
1. Personal Prayer Life
2. Profoundly Trusting God
3. Trying your best to teach.
KEEP SCROLLING TO WATCH ALL OF THE VIDEOS! They are a series and were created to be watched together.
KEY #1: PERSONAL PRAYER LIFE
The first key to teaching you children the #catholicfaith is to remain grounded in and sustained by PRAYER. That’s right, before teaching the children in your life the Catholic Faith you need to work on YOU first and make sure that you are connected to God.
As Catholic Parents our first work is to create a DAILY, DEDICATED prayer time for ourselves. I hear from Catholic Parents ALL THE TIME that they just don’t have 10 minutes a day to use for prayer. In fact, I used to feel this way myself, but you do have time to pray, you just aren’t making prayer a priority…but you need to do this!
If you are frustrated that you don’t have time to pray during this busy time of raising Catholic Kids, please consider taking this FREE 7 day email course for Catholic Parents. It is called RECLAIM THE DAY, because once your priorities are in order you WILL be able to live better and find time to pray. Join here: https://catholicsprouts.com/reclaim-the-day.
KEY #2: PROFOUND TRUST IN GOD
The 2nd Key to teaching the #catholicfaith is to have a profound level of trust in God.
Yes, don’t dive into lessons plans and Pinterest crafts yet! Effectively teaching the Catholic faith must first be grounded in faith.
1. In order to be a good teacher of the faith, you need to be a trusting believer.
—Do you trust all that the church professes to be true? Even the things that you might not understand.
—Do you trust that God cares specifically about you?
—Do you trust that God is real and alive and active in the world today?
2. God has chosen you for the vocation of Motherhood, and charged you with the task of teaching the faith. God does not inspire us to do things that we won’t be able to achieve. Through His help we need to trust that we will be able to teach our children the faith.
3. Progress in this work will be slow and frustrating.
—Faith that God can bless your small efforts.
KEY #3: WILLINGNESS TO TRY
The 3rd Key to teaching your children the #catholicfaith is to TRY! That’s right, in this video we will finally talk about what we can DO to actually teach…but we are going to TRY our very best…and know that whether our work is fruitful is completely up to God.
So, let’s endeavor to teach our children the catholic faith! Here are the ideas I outline in the video:
1. Creating Situations to Learn with your Children
ex: Coloring and Read-aloud Books
2. Use on-going Devotionals and Lessons
ex: Jesse Tree (advent), Jesus Tree (Lent) and Catholic Sprouts (listen here: https://dosmallthingswithlove.com/catholic-sprouts)
3. Create a home where faith can flourish
ex: Turn off the TV, make room for silence, Make a habit of discussing the readings/homilies, Direct your conversations toward God, and Provide Catholic Activities the Kids can reach for on their own.
Some of the resources mentioned in this video:
Catholic Coloring Pages: https://catholicsprouts.com/free-ABC-catholic-coloring-pages
Jesse Tree Advent Devotional: https://catholicsprouts.com/jesse-tree
Catholic Sprouts Podcast: https://catholicsprouts.com/catholic-sprouts
Saints in Pearlier Bead/Cross Stitch: https://catholicsprouts.com/the-catholic-saints-in-cross-stitch-the-book/