Thursday, August 15, 2013

Back to School! Children and Spirituality

It's back to school time, and while you need to get a handle of all the tangible items like notebooks and pencils, what about the intangible framework, like self esteem and spirituality that will enable your child to thrive?

Here is a list of 3 sites, with a sample of what they have to offer, that can serve as resources for you while you help your child to grow into his or her own best self. 


Number 1. http://www.childrenspirituality.org/

This website is super professional, child friendly and chocked full with amazing lessons for everyone. 



Number 2. http://www.parenting.com/article/teach-spirituality-kids

This site contains an article from the popular magazine Parenting, that has many useful rituals and ideas for the family to follow together, see below:


Create a family mission statement
Many  spiritual traditions provide a framework of values or principles to  follow. Try creating something similar for your family. "Even kids as  young as three or four understand something like 'Our family believes in  kindness, helping other people, caring for pets, and reaching out to  people who are alone,'?" says Doe. You can get formal and post your  mission statement in your kitchen, or simply use it when you're making  choices about how to spend your time or resolve conflicts.
Number 3. http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/practices/features.php?id=16936

Spirituality and Practice,  has some very imaginative ways to instill values rather than command orders. 

See below:

When doing chores, such as picking up toys or putting away the dishes, imagine that you are returning these things to their homes where they will be more comfortable. Reframing chores in this way teaches reverence for your surroundings, kindness, and nurturing.

We hope you enjoy these resources and if you know any other wonderful sites in this area please let us know! Be sure to share these resources with your friends. 



Andrea Dolbec


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