Prayer. It’s a funny thing isn’t it? It comes in all shapes and sizes. A prayer can be lengthy or short, eloquent or simple. You can pray in English or Spanish, out loud or in your mind. Whatever way you pray, your Heavenly Father hears you.
Teaching our children to pray can be an interesting task. I have found this with my five-year-old. There was a time when she would pray for the same thing over and over again, at which point I explained that she could talk to God about more than just food. There also came a time when I had to explain that she could not only pray about anything, but that she could pray anywhere, at any time. As she grows, she is beginning to recognize the importance and power of prayer. Just last night, unprompted, she prayed for the person in the ambulance that went down our street earlier in the day.
While my five-year-old is just beginning to see what prayer can do, I still have my sweet ten-month-old who has no idea. It’s funny how quickly we moms have to relearn what to expect at each age. Having been mother to a ten-month-old over four years ago, I thought I had this mom thing down. The truth is, every child is different and unique. They learn and discover things differently. It can be difficult not to expect the second to be like the first, but in the end if we allow our kids to be who they are we will raise much happier ones.
My youngest is a stubborn little thing. She won’t take a binky to save her life. She likes to do things on her own and gets frustrated when she can’t. When I received Prayers for Girls by Gabrielle Mercer in the mail I was so excited that it is, in fact, a board book. I can give it to my youngest without worrying about ripped or drooled on pages. She likes to look at books, as long as she can hold them herself of course. With Prayers for Girls, I can teach her about prayer while allowing her to enjoy a book that was designed just for her.
Prayers for Girls is colorful and portable. It’s small enough to stash in the diaper bag when I’m on the go, and it even comes with a little handle, which makes it easy for little hands to carry. The rhymes are cute and fun but also carry an important message: you can pray anywhere, at any time, about anything. I like that this book is short because it fits the attention span of my youngest. We can read it before bed or while waiting in the doctor’s office. My oldest loves to pick out longer books, but if we’re pressed for time, Prayers for Girls is an easy one to pull out and read. My five-year-old, who is an excellent reader, can even read it to her baby sister, which is one of her favorite things to do.
So, how do you teach your little ones to pray? Do you ask them to pray at special times during the day? Is there a special prayer you pray together at night?
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Yours in Christ,
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