Saying that it can be difficult to hold a conversation with a toddler speaking gibberish is an understatement. Thank goodness that body language is 55% of communication. That is why the best way to teach a toddler to pray is to lead by example and be consistent. Our family has made a routine that we pray before dinner no matter where we are or who is around. We are thankful that both our children were praying daily by the time they were both 12 months old using these tips and tricks below.
When a hungry toddler doesn’t want to participate simply leave your hand there in case they decide to join in late. At this age they are becoming self aware and discovering there independence so don’t get discouraged if they choose not to always participate.
What about talkative toddlers? If your little one interrupts to speak be quite and let them babble (with in reason) the more they get involved the more they learn. At first my son was speaking Gagelish and over the past year he can now recite our dinner prayer and he loves saying “AMEN”.
I recommend to associate prayer with a routine activity like dinner or bedtime to introduce the idea. Kids are in training and they need to do something over and over again to take it from an idea to knowledge. Practice, practice, practice.
Reward them for participating. Once they begin to mimic you give lots of praise like clapping your hands and saying good job! When they realize prayer is a good thing they will want to join in. Even if your toddler doesn’t understand explain why we pray and how much Jesus loves them. Communicating with a toddler sometimes seems like your taking to a brick wall but if you bonce a ball on a wall enough it will eventually break through.
What does the bible say?
“Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Tip: Pray for your toddler and ask God for guidance to be a great example for your children. Teach kids to pray when they are little so when they grow up they will not depart form their ways!
God wants us to talk to our children about him because he wants a relationship with them. So ladies let’s do this! Day by day one day at a time. Good luck and God bless.
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