re-printed from The Examiner
By Donna DeVane
Religion is often passed from one generation to the next with each new set of parents passing on the teachings of their own parents.
This method doesn’t work for many families today and they are looking for new ways to share spiritual understanding with their children without resorting to dogma.
You as a parent have one of the greatest tools for teaching and spending time with your children no matter their ages; the internet and your computer.
Whether you home school or are just looking for something to do with your children to help answer the questions of who is God, where is God and what happens to me when I die, it’s as easy as a few clicks to get answers to these and other questions.
Children today are looking for something that makes sense rather than just hard fast beliefs to accept at face value. Spending time together on the internet studying what other people believe and where those beliefs came from is the perfect way to keep your children interested in spiritual studies while the time spent together helps to deepen the bond between parent and child.
Most children find the history of religion to be interesting and will enjoy discovering how social unrest often gave way to new thought, much as it does today.
By clicking on a few search results at Google you and your child have the world’s largest library at your fingertips.
Be sure to keep the search and discovery age appropriate and stop when the child begins to feel restless. Children at different ages have varying attention spans. If you make learning about spirituality fun and listen to your child, both you and your child will come away with new knowledge and a deeper understanding of those who lived before you.
It might also be fun to take a particular religion and do some fact finding. Start by making a list of questions you will find the answers to before you start the search. Children and parents can have fun seeing who can find the answers first.
Remember, children as well as adults will pay more attention to the way you live than all the words you will ever speak. With this in mind stay focused on living what you believe not just discovering more knowledge to believe in. While fact finding and the gathering of knowledge is great fun, it’s the living that’s the real thing.