A case for reading from NPR and some books suggestions from me.
We also long for God. Just as we are hard wired to seek connection with our caregivers, we are hard wired to see connection with God. We are not whole, we are not complete until we are connected to God and so that hard-wired longing pulses in our hearts and minds and bodies. Constantly urging us towards connection.
Speech matters because it helps children connect.
We can help create the conditions for this relationship by modeling our own relationship with God. Keep it real though, because artificially flavored spirituality tastes like cough syrup. We can also help our children set up habits towards relationship with God by helping them reflect on God’s presence in their everyday lives.
On April 5th, I am beginning a blog series on how to help children thrive, entitled Help Along the Way. Years ago when I began this work I told a dear friend of mine that I would never write or speak on anything close to parenting. (I also said my kids would never have a phone before they were sixteen. Humble pie tastes like old shoes.)