World Religion Day (January 20, 2013) is a great time to talk to your child about different faiths. Whether you are a devout believer in a particular religion or not, it's healthy to expose your kids to various faiths in order to promote tolerance and harmony.
Start with the basics by reading. Even very young children can be exposed to various religions and faiths through books. Head to your local library where you can find endless stacks of books about religions around the world. Here are a few titles that you might consider:
If your kids can't get enough of your iPad, use it to your advantage. Try the FarFaria app. This iPad app, dubbed “the Netflix of storybook apps” by USA Today, offers numerous stories helping to explain different global faiths and our commonality as one big human family. Your children can get immersed in stories from David and Goliath and Noah's Ark to Gandhi and the Spelling Test and The Life of Buddah.
Special events are being held around the globe to celebrate World Religion Day. At WorldReligionDay.org, you can find a calendar to find the nearest event or meeting near you. All these events promote harmony, unity and peace among people of different faiths. A World Religion Day event may be the perfect opportunity to introduce your children to new religions for the first time.
Whether you are devoutly religious or unsure of your faith, you can visit other places of worship outside your own religion or denomination. Even if you don't believe what is being preached, you and your children will learn how many of the core values are the same across a number of religions. Virtues such as kindness, generosity, patience, faithfulness, love and many more are valued by many.
Exposing your kids to different faiths shouldn't be a once-a-year event on World Religion Day. You should teach your children about faith every day of your lives. Some parents don't know where to begin with young children when it comes to faith.
With so many different religions, and the expansion of secularism in school systems, how do parents successfully teach their children their own and other religious convictions? The answer isn't a simple one — it requires time, perseverance, and more than anything else, being/living the example.
We talked to Scott W. Ventrella, author of Me Inc.: How to Master the Business of Being You, and radio show host. Ventrella's nationally syndicated radio show, "The Business of Living," focuses on managing the most important aspects of life, including religion and spirituality. He provided the following guidelines for parents looking for ways to introduce religion to their children:
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