THERE was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, He was pretty old and really ill. He’d sit on their porch watching the world go by while the little man would come and give him fuss and love in a way that only a 3 year old can. I can’t answer that. We corrected him saying that he should say “goodness” or “gosh” instead if he really had to use that phrase but we tried to encourage against it all together. Tell your 3 year old some of the more easy-to-comprehend stories about Jesus, such as his creation of the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Karen Hollowell has been teaching since 1994. Our neighbours had a dog. I’m not sure I want my son to grow up blindly believing something just because his folks have told him it. Christians Unite has many stories about Jesus that are scripture-based but written in modern language 3. Turn wheresoe’er I may, DS hates being washed but I guess i need to tell him it won't hurt. I came up with that it’s your personality, it’s what is inside that goes to heaven and your body stays on Earth. The let off:  “So what happens when a car dies?”. My wife and I were both brought up in, albeit different, religious environments. I suddenly became very uncomfortable with the conversation and for the first time ever, I felt like I was lying to my son. - we don't get round to things quickly....)Wanted to know - has anyone Christened their children at these ages? The glory and the freshness of a dream. Especially when there are overwhelming, abundant, rational arguments to the contrary. (You can practise and warn him not to touch the plug etc!). Like you, we just don't get around to things quickly!We went along the line of it being a special way of welcoming them into the church. And, more down to earthly - what did they wear? I couldn’t come up with an answer that I’d believe let alone trying to convince a 3 year old. Hi. Hello. Anyone else have no fucker who wants to bubble with them over Christmas? How to explain religion to my 3 year old without over-complicating things? Tell the child that Jesus is God's son who came to show us how to love each other. I then had to try to explain soul. This means that he is going to think that I’ve been lying about what I’ve told him so far and if I’ve lied about that, what else have I lied about? She currently teaches fourth grade reading/language and social studies. Read the traditional stories associated with these holy days. // Leaf Group Lifestyle. BTW, if I were having a baby baptised, I would get the three-year old done at the same time. I’m hoping this reiterates the permanency of death in the most sensitive way I can muster. My husband and I were raised in a catholic family although our parents never had us attend to mass unless in was for wedding etc. Those less mature might benefit if parents read about Jesus in storybook form. Once that trust is broken, can it ever be repaired? The little man ALWAYS notices. According to the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible, Jesus said it is necessary to become child-like in faith in order to inherit His blessings. It’s how I saw life when all I had was doubt and no religion to speak of (can you tell I studied Eng Lit? It’s a tricky one. Although it begs the question of whether he knows the difference between living and inanimate things. You may not follow any religion and you may be happier if your children never follow any religion, but that doesn't change the fact that religion is an important aspect of culture, art, politics, and of the lives of many people your children will meet over the years.If your children are simply ignorant about religion, they will be missing out on a lot. Whether it is explaining divorce to a 3-year-old, a 6-year-old, or a teenager, it is never easy, especially when it's your own divorce. Not atheist, just not convinced. Learn how your comment data is processed. I was explaining that when things die they go to heaven, dogs included. I then had to try to explain soul. And while I think I have some good suggestions, truly it is beneficial to work with a therapist you trust to help guide you through … Ask a pastor or Christian counselor to help you explain issues that are hard for a child to understand. Surely that is what religion is supposed to teach anyway? How did they explain it to the 3 year old? April 2014. He’s even seen the grave. Preschoolers will often ask their parents questions about what they consider the mysteries of life. Some kind of evidence that I can use as an example to authenticate my message. For example, more mature children can learn a lot if you read directly from the Bible about Jesus' life, ministry and death. With carefully chosen and simple language, a parent can make Jesus more real to their child. Please seek permission before using any of the content from this site with the exception of social shares where the originator is credited. It takes perseverance to look at … Presumably, if the latter, the vicar will get him to stand on a stool by the font and look in. It never really was an issue for me until the little man first said “OMG” (the actual phrase – I still cannot say it). Those are confusing terms to young kids, especially those who do not attend church and are not accustomed to "church speak.". It is not now as it hath been of yore;— I don’t know anything I am telling him. I was as honest as I could be but I tried not relate it to people. How did they explain it to the 3 year old? I’ll take the birds and bees any day over religion. The things which I have seen I now can see no more. Grace To You: How Can Parents Explain the Gospel to Their Children Without Toning Down the Commands of Scripture? I grew up in a christian home. What Does It Mean When Someone Dedicates Their Child to God? Your email address will not be published. Be honest about anything you do not know. This is a short parable that is applicable to the 3 year old's daily life. - we don't get round to things quickly....) Wanted to know - has anyone Christened their children at these ages? This site contains affiliate links. Because children usually trust what adults tell them, they will more readily accept their parents' explanation and have an easier time comprehending it. Teaching kids how to listen is like hanging your clothes out to dry in a torrential downpour. When I explain or teach him things, I always have something tangible to back it up with. It takes patience to wait out the storms of power struggles and temper tantrums to see the break in the clouds. Bedtime was not the time to find out. And they also just wore smart trousers and shirts.Hope it goes really well for you. However, that might be a mistake. Christian and non-Christian adults might have a hard time explaining Jesus to their child because He can't be seen. If you print out coloring sheets that depict Jesus or show pictures of Jesus that are in many children's Bibles, explain that no one really knows what He looked like. Many children know the secular way to celebrate holidays, but many people believe that Jesus' birth, death and resurrection are the basis for these observances. trying to stay out of trouble while mummy is at work. Share with Tangle Teezer - £100 voucher to be won, Talk widget showing discussions of the day & trending threads, Subscribe to Mumsnet emails direct to your inbox. They might ask you how Jesus can be in their heart because they know that a person cannot physically be in their body with them. I’m not sure I would have been comfortable starting that conversation. Religion falls in this category. Welcoming them into the church is a good way to put it. We are a liberal faith household (tough to define but there it is) and we talk about Santa and the little uns believe in fairies and some people would say God is in the same bracket (we don’t, but I understand why some do).