Prayer Habits

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Let your children know that the No. 1 way to develop their relationship with God is through prayer. At this age they may pray mostly in your presence, at your suggestion. As they move through this stage, however, your goal will be to teach them how to say their prayers all by themselves.

Depending on your child, you may simply have him or her repeat prayers after you. Or try "pingpong prayers" — you pray something, then the child does, then you do, and so on. Or use "starter prayers" — after you and your child compile a list of things to pray for, you give a one- or two-word clue of something on the list and your child prays about it. This progression will comfortably move children toward saying their own prayers.



Taken from the Parents' Guide to the Spiritual Growth of Children, published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Copyright © 2000 Focus on the Family. Reprinted with permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. ThrivingFamily.com.

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