I think we can all agree that we want to pass on our faith to our children, but we often don’t know how or where to start. Sure, it’s easy to pass on the Bible stories, but how do we pass on the values and the beliefs that we hold in a way that is meaningful to our children?
Pass It On: Building a Legacy of Faith for Your Children through Practical and Memorable Experiences has some ideas. In fact, they have thirteen ideas, one for each year from Kindergarten to Twelfth grade. In their book, they share how to take one idea per year and make a memorial of that idea through creating a ceremony with it so that you create faith-building experiences in your children’s world that they’ll be able to look back upon. We can consider it their own personal stones of remembrance over their childhood years.
The suggestions range from ideas like service projects, bestowing a blessing, a purity weekend and a driving contract all the way to a manhood or womanhood ceremony to celebrate the adult that your child is becoming in their senior year of high school. In each suggestion, they share a why they chose that for this particular year, the components of doing this experience and an example of someone’s memories from having one of these type of experiences with their children. They also share some snippets of child development from that year of your child’s life.
As I read through this book, I found myself pondering how to make these work in my house of four children, ranging in age from preschool to fifth grade. Each one is simple, from simply finding and doing a service project to things like presenting your child with a box of letters from the teachers and important adults in their lives to bless your child and show him/her how wonderfully we think they’re growing in Christ. I think that many of the ideas for experiences in this book are practical and easy to set up and do by busy families, making this a neat handbook for parents to turn to time and time again for ways to bless and build faith in their children. This one’s staying on my permanent shelf for reference.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.