How to Raise a Spiritual Child
If we hope for less war and conflict in the future, and more love and compassion for one another, then it’s up to us to cultivate that in our children who will be responsible for carrying out the plan. Here are seven things any parent or caregiver can begin doing immediately to raise spiritual children.
KEEP ELECTRONICS AND TOYS OUT OF THE BEDROOM. Children need to have their refuge, a place where they can go to reflect, think, and hear the inner voice that speaks to them. That space should have as few distractions as possible. Books and a small device for approved music are acceptable.
REDUCE THE AUDIBLE AND VISUAL NOISE AT HOME. I know some families that turn on the radio or the television just to have noise in the background. This can indicate a lack of internal peace for the adults. Avoid automatically transferring that emotional unrest to your children.
INTRODUCE YOUR CHILD TO MEDITATION AND/OR PRAYER. Although it is my belief that these two activities are different and complimentary, either one is a good place to start. Prayer is communicating with The Higher Power and meditation is waiting for answers.
TAKE YOGA CLASSES WITH YOUR CHILD. Our children are growing up in a fast-paced and stressful world. Introducing them to Yoga can have profound effects, including physical flexibility and body awareness, the development of a sense of calmness and an increase in their ability to concentrate. Some have even said that it connects a child more deeply with their inner self and brings about a relationship between them and the natural world that surrounds them.
DECLARE NO CELL PHONE OR NO FACEBOOK TIME PERIODS. Homework and bedtime are two I can think of, but don’t stop there. The use of cell phones and Facebook by children and young teens is not critical life skills, so help them know this by limiting their use. And don’t stop at time periods; declare cell phone and Facebook FREE ZONES in the house where they can’t be used. The dinner table or living room are two that come to mind for me.
REDUCE TV, COMPUTER AND VIDEO GAME TIME TO ONE HOUR A DAY. Your children might think they are going to die without these things, but you know they aren’t. When time-wasters are managed and limited, amazing things can happen with children who have extra time on their hands for creativity and discovery. These kids ride bikes, color, build things out of Legos, draw, write, and more!
BECOME A MORE PEACEFUL AND SPIRITUAL PARENT. I can’t think of any other way to teach children to become more peaceful than to show them what it looks like. Model many of the suggestions in this article and watch your children transform before your eyes. They want to be just like you so why not cultivate the behaviors you want to see by modeling them first.