How do I teach my kids to read the Bible?
As parents, we spend a lot of time making sure our kids are well fed. We plan out meals to make sure they eat healthy. We all know that this is one of the things that parents are supposed to do – so we do it. It is not always fun or easy, it takes a lot of time, most of the time our kids don’t thank us. And yet we make sure they don’t go hungry.
How much time do we spend making sure our kids are fed spiritually? Do we just bring them to church on the weekends? Maybe we also drop them off at Hope Wednesday or youth group? Both of those things are great! But we wouldn’t just expect our kids to grow up healthy only eating one or maybe two meals a week! (And yes the same is true for the way we take care of ourselves.)
I know that reading the Bible can be hard – it takes discipline, it can be hard to understand, parts of it feel so repetitive, some of it is way over my kid’s head.
Thankfully, there are lots of great tools out there to help us! Here are a few:
Storybook Bible – Great for toddlers and young children
Action Bible – Graphic novel approach to the story of the Bible
Bible project – Short animated videos that help explain how to read the Bible
As great as all of these tools are, the number one way to get your kids to read the Bible is for YOU to read the Bible. Plain and simple, if you want your kids to read the Bible – show them.
We all know that our kids watch every single thing we do, and they imitate us. Give them something worth imitating.
You don’t have to be perfect.
You don’t have to be an expert.
You don’t have to completely understand everything.
You just need to demonstrate to your kids how important the Word of God is to your life.