Some preschoolers can offer short prayers on their own.
Parenthood can inspire you to become more spiritually engaged, besides just praying for the kids to go to sleep on time tonight. The toddler and preschool years are a great place to begin setting a foundation for a pious family. Toddlers and preschoolers are developing an increased awareness of your activities and the world around them, and some houses of worship have religious education programs for children starting in the preschool years. There's no sure formula for a devout family, but making religion an important part of family life will convey your values more effectively than any sermon.
1Worship together regularly, both at home and with a congregation at your house of worship.
2Add religious music, movies, books and games to your family's collections. You will avoid the controversial messages contained in some music, books or movies and help your children learn the values you'd like them to have.
3Ask about religious education options at your house of worship. Your children might be able to attend a part-time or full-time religious school or receive private tutoring. Ask about parenting classes for help in raising devout children.
4Spend time with other devout families. You will be able to share parenting experiences from a religious perspective, and your kids can make friends whose parents share your values.
5Talk to your child about spirituality. Toddlers and preschoolers can ask a million questions per hour (OK, maybe that's not quite true), but each question is a teachable moment. The loss of a family member or even a pet can be a great time for comforting lessons about life after death.
- If your little ones are too wiggly to sit through a service, ask if you can arrange for on-site religious activities for children.