Blog: Family Times

Fun Ways To Bring Faith Home

"Kids don't know the value of money," a dad complained to me, "They ask for stuff and don't have any idea on how much it costs. What can I do to help them learn?"

"A child's economy is not based on money. A child's economy is based on fun. It has value when it is fun. That is why we need to make faith fun. If our kids grew up thinking that faith is boring, doesn't relate to their lives or introduce them to a God of wonder; they are more likely to walk away from the practice of their faith."

"How do you do that? I grew up in a home that only went to church on Christmas, Easter and funerals. Faith was something we attended, not what we lived. And it certainly wasn't fun. How do you make it fun?

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"Our kids learn in different ways. Some learn visually, others with their hearing, and others by what they do with their hands or bodies. And you can engage the senses of smell and taste to make it fun and lasting. In fact Jesus used the senses when He commanded us to remember His death and sacrifice with Communion (Eucharist). Breaking of the bread is tactile and engages taste. Drinking the cup engages our senses of smell and taste. If we want to engage our kids with faith formation, we need to engage all the senses and be creative and make it fun. You don't have to be a comedian to make it fun. You just need to have a sense of humor, don't take yourself too seriously, and be willing to take the risk to do some of the things that I suggest in my book 52 Creative Family Time Experiences - Fun Ways To Brings Faith Home.  You don't have to be a hilarious educator or pastor, you just need to be a parent who is willing to try something new. Even if it 'fails' it will likely generate a funny story, and that's the point!"

Recently, I was on Dr. Bill Maier Live radio show when we talked about how fun at home can open the door for vital faith formation, in all kinds of families. You don't have to have the perfect home to have fun and pass faith along. Listen to the ideas that Dr. Maier and I discuss: http://myfaithradio.com/2013/52-creative-family-time-experiences-2/