How to explain the religion of children?

Let our children grow up in an environment where there is religion An important place or directly non-existentHe is sure to ask us at one time or another what this means.

That may be his question More or less specific … and more or less weird ! Whether he is interested in what the gods or goddesses are, or what they like to eat, it is up to us to find the right and respectable words.

The child has no age to talk about religion. These issues can come up very quickly in exchange for parent-child, especially if our family is religious and religious. It is difficult to escape from the moment in any situation One of our little ones is going to school : In the progressive openness of classmates and information, he will inevitably have the question of who this god he is listening to!

What God means to him, we adapt our vocabulary to his age. For example, we can explain to him that he is someone who is loved and even cherished by people who believe in his existence. He is told that not everyone believes in it, and that isWe don’t have to believe it, we don’t have to believe itBut for those for whom God exists, it is a higher being who protects them, encourages them and directs them to behave in life.

Then comes the question of the multiplicity of faith. Once our child fully understands what God is, we can explain to him that everywhere in the world and in France, everyone can believe in the existence of God as he wishes and those who believe in the same existence. God came together and thus formed a religion. Different groups that believe in the existence of different gods have created different religions.

If our child is over 7 years old or mature enough, we can certainly complicate matters by telling him the birth of the main religion, the characteristics of each, the way they are celebrated and the places in the world. Where they live. If our family history hates it, we do not hesitate to tell him how the practice and belief of a religion has developed among those close to him! With that comes an opportunity to address these issues Let him understand the complexities of the world where he takes partBut also the ideas of tolerance, respect and sharing.

Christianity, Judaism, Islam: Monotheistic religion

Our child will often ask us questions about the most practiced religion around him, which must be three monotheists: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. If we do not have all the necessary knowledge to respond This is a very interesting questionWe can go for special work for children, podcasts or children’s press.

Secularism: What is it?

Whether or not our child asks us questions about what secularism is, talking about religion can be a good time to explain this idea to him. Again, we adapt our speech to his age, the goal being to convince himThere is no state religion in France, As in Greece, Bangladesh or Israel, and so religion and state are clearly different. No religion can influence those who administer our law and vote and the state cannot interfere in religious life. We can add that this is how we have lived in France since a law was passed in 1905.

We then tell our little one what the consequences of secularism are for him. In this case, He is not allowed to wear a clear sign of his religion in his school. But thanks to him, he has the right to believe or not and he is free to practice whatever religion he wants. During this discussion, we do not hesitate to ask him about the subject, to ask him if he thinks there is a god, and so on. We will thus slowly send him a message that he has the potentialThere are different opinions Us

Books to help us find the right words

If our little ones have a hard time answering questions, we can go to special books whose vocabulary and pictures will match their age. An overview of these publications can be a great help to us.

  • From the age of 6: All different! World religionPublished by Emma Damon, Bayard Jeunesse

An animated book for reading and re-reading without restraint. It invites children, while having fun, to discover the six major world religions.

  • From the age of 6: Draw me godsPublished by Atiq Rahimi and Bruno Salamon, by Actress Sood Jr.

Thanks to Atik Rahimi’s pen and Bruno Salamon’s sweet drawings, our little ones understand that representation of God doesn’t matter and they have the right to imagine the shape they want … even ‘a butterfly’.

  • Beginning at age 7: When the Bible dreamsPublished by Chochana Boukhobza and Mireille VautierGallimard Youth

This beautiful large format book retrieves four important episodes from the Bible through the dreams of Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Jacob …

  • From the age of 8: 1 “Faith” 2 “Faith” 3 “Faith” !, by Sylvie Girardet and Puig RosadoIn the version Hatter

Both funny and serious, this book, full of subtleties, helps children understand the great “beliefs” over time. Cartoon support, it’s all more interesting.

  • From the age of 8: Does God exist … and 101 other questionsPublished by, by Charles DelhezFluorescence

One book is clearly based on the Christian faith, which answers the main question of children’s Catholicism. Fleurus version’s favorite niche.

  • From 9 years old: There were several “beliefs” to answer children’s questions about religionPublished by Monique Gilbert, by Albin Michel.

Four parallel stories follow each other to better understand the daily lives of children of four different religions. Easy to compare – and arbitrarily – their religious beliefs and practices.

  • From the age of 10: Religion in FranceCaster Poche, published by Robert Giraud

Complete and effective, this documentary work is accessible to children interested in learning the great doctrines and religious practices of France.

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