How do we explain religions to children?

May our child grow up in an environment where religion lives Important place or not at allHe will surely ask us at one time or another what this means.

could be his questions More or less accurate … and somewhat strange ! Whether he’s wondering what a god or goddess is, or if his concern is what they like to eat, it’s up to us to find the right and respectful words.

There is no age to talk about religion to a child. These themes can appear very early on in parent-child exchanges, especially if our family is devout and religious. It is difficult in any way to escape from it from the moment when Our little boy is going to school : Among his classmates and his gradual openness to information, he will inevitably have questions about who this god he’s hearing about!

In order to explain to him what a deity is, we adapt our vocabulary to his age. We can, for example, explain to him that he is a person who is very loved, and even loved, by people who believe in his existence. He was told that not everyone believed in him, and thatWe should not believe him, nor should we believe himBut for those for whom God exists, it is God’s presence that protects, encourages and dictates behavior in their lives.

Then come the questions about the plurality of beliefs. Once our child fully understands what God is, we can explain to him that everywhere in the world and in France everyone can believe in the existence of the God he wants and that those who believe in his existence God met and thus created a religion. Therefore, different groups who believe in the existence of different deities have created several different religions.

If our child is over 7 years old or quite mature, we can of course make the subject more complicated by telling him about the origins of the major religions, the characteristics of each, the way they are celebrated and the places in the world where they live. people who practice it. If our family history suits it, we do not hesitate to tell him how the practice and belief of religion developed among those close to him! Addressing these topics with him the opportunity to Make him understand the complexity of the world he is involved inbut also to inculcate notions of tolerance, respect and participation.

Christianity, Judaism, and Islam: The Monotheistic Religions

Our child often asks us questions about the most practiced religion around him, which will certainly be the Three Unitarians: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. If we don’t have all the knowledge to answer them It’s a lot of weird questionswe can turn to niche works for youngsters, podcasts, or a children’s printing press.

Secularism: what is it?

Whether our child is asking us what secularism is or not, talking about religion can be a good time to explain this concept to him. Once again, we adapt our conversation to his age, and the goal is to make him understand thatIn France, there is no state religion, as in Greece, Bangladesh or Israel, so religion and state are clearly separated. No religion can influence who governs and votes on our laws, nor can the state interfere in religious life. We can add that we have lived like this in France since the law was passed in 1905.

Then we tell our young one what are the consequences of secularism for him. for example, It is not permissible for him to wear a clear sign of his religion at school. But thanks to that, he has the right to believe or not to believe and is free to practice the religion he wants. During this discussion, we don’t hesitate to get him to think about it, ask him if he thinks there is a god, etc. So we will gradually send him a message according to the possibility of his presencedifferent opinions from U.S.

Books to help us find the right words

If it is difficult to answer the questions of our young children, we can turn to specialized books, the vocabulary and pictures of which will be adapted to their age. An overview of these publications that can help us a lot.

  • From 6 years old: They are all different! world religionsby Emma Damon, published by Bayard Jones

An animated book to read and re-read without moderation. It invites children to discover the six major world religions while having fun.

  • From 6 years old: God draw meby Atiq Rahimi and Bruno Salamon, published by Acts Sud Jr

Grâce à la plume d’Atiq Rahimi et les doux dessins de Bruno Salamone, nos petits comprennent que la représentation de dieu importe peu et qu’ils ont le droit de l’imaginer sous la form qu’ils veulent… Même cell ‘Moth.

  • From the age of 7 years: When the bible dreamsPosted by Shoshana Bukhubza and Mireille Vauthier, published byGallimard youth

This large volume book chronicles four important episodes of the Bible through the dreams of Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Jacob…

  • From the age of 8: 1 “faith” 2 “faith” 3 “faith”! , by Sylvie Girardet and Puig Rosadoto editions Hatter

This funny and earnest book, full of ingenuity, helps children understand the great “religions” over time. Support animation, it is more attractive.

  • From the age of 8: Does God Exist… And 101 Other Questionswritten by Charles Delhaes, published byfluorosis

A book clearly geared towards the Christian faith, providing children with answers to the main questions of the Catholic religion. Preferred niche for Florus editions.

  • From 9 years old: There were many “religions” to answer children’s questions about religionsby Monique Gilbert, published by Albin Michel.

Four parallel stories follow each other for a better understanding of the daily lives of children from four different faiths. To easily compare their religious beliefs and practices – and at will.

  • From 10 years: Religions in Franceby Robert Giroud and published by Castor Buch

This complete and effective documentary work is available to children who are curious to know about the great religious doctrines and practices of France.

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