“I’ll get a book for you to read!” So says my older son (Boy 1) at breakfast time. At some point it became normal for me to read a book to him while he ate breakfast or lunch. This may have been a miscalculation on my part because now he expects it all the time. That in itself is not bad, but it does make it hard to finish my breakfast before my eggs get cold.
I have yet to meet a child who didn’t like stories. Whether it’s listening to Mom or Dad reading at night or watching a cartoon on Saturday morning, kids are drawn to stories. Why is that?
Stories help us make sense of the world. They tell us the “why” behind the “what.” When he was two years old, Boy 1 used to ask “How it works?” To understand something. He was interested in the function of the world around him. Once he turned three he immediately began asking that most persistent of questions: “why?” He wants more than just mechanical explanations; he wants to know the meaning behind the facts he is presented.
Christian parents need to leverage this inclination to help us teach our kids about God. We need to understand that communicating our faith to our children is more than just giving them lessons in how to live; it’s helping them internalize the story of God and how they fit into that story.
My wife and I intend this website to help Christian parents carry out that responsibility. We love stories and music and we have seen, during our short time as parents, how they help our sons understand and internalize the good news that God loves them and created them to reflect His glory. We hope that this site will inspire you, encourage you, and give you resources to help you in your parenting.