Spiritual Development

April 11th, 2014

Spiritual development in children… yep it’s part of their natural development. It’s part of their moral and cultural development. We didn’t just pick this topic randomly. We selected it purposely because just like physical development and social development, it is a part of your child that will continue to grow and develop over time. It’s the part of your child that plays into how they begin to make sense of their world and the people in it.  It’s the part of their development that shapes their values and beliefs about their families, friends, communities and nations.

How then can we foster a healthy spiritual development? How can we help to answer their questions about their world in a positive way? How can we nurture values and beliefs and children’s spiritual development? Spiritual and moral development can be a daunting and abstract concept but as I was looking through various resources I came across this poem and thought I would share.

What is Spirituality?

delighting in all things

being absorbed in the present moment

not to attached to ‘self’ and

eager to explore boundaries of ‘beyond’ and ‘other’

searching for meaning

discovering purpose

open to more?

Spirituality is like a bird; if you hold it to tightly, it chokes; if you hold it too loosely, it flies away. Fundamental to spirituality is the absence of force.

– Rabbi Hugo Gryn

What are ways that you nurture spiritual development in your child?

Lori Hayungs, M.S.

Lori Hayungs, M.S.

Mother of three. Lover of all things child development related. Fascinated by temperament and brain development. Professional background with families, child care providers, teachers and community service entities.

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  1. Teach her the power of prayer. When you see an accident and someone is hurt, rather than becoming afraid, pray with your child. Ask God to send love and light to the injured person and relieve their suffering.

    When my daughter was born, I felt a great responsibility to nurture and strengthen her connection to God as she made her way through the challenges of growing up.

  2. As a parent, we do indeed feel a great responsibility to nurture and strengthen our children as they grow.

    Donna Donald

  3. I am glad I found this article, it is something I have struggled with. I would like to nurture my daughter without forcing my beliefs on her. I hope that she finds her beliefs but I am here to give as much nurturing and strength as I can. I appreciate the article.

  4. Nurturing without forcing my beliefs – a balancing act for sure but one that is a healthy approach for your child.

  5. I appreciate your words – Fundamental to spirituality is the absence of force.
    When I was a kid, my mom always forced her beliefs on me, which made me feel stressed. I would not let my kid go through that again.

    Thanks.

  6. Lisa – it’s a challenge as a parent to walk that fine line between sharing beliefs and forcing beliefs. I hope you will find a way to walk that line with your child.
    Donna Donald