Your Childs Relationship with God


As someone who has a heart for children to know and love the Lord, I am daily reminded of the different stages children go through to come to know God in a personal way. In a devotion I read a while back, I came across stages of growth children go through to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. To explain these stages better, I am going to refer to that original devotion in hopes that it might encourage and instruct you on how to better nurture your child's relationship with God.

Let's take a brief look at Erickson's Stages of Growth, and the implications for nurturing your child's relationship with Jesus Christ.

Stage One: Trust vs. Mistrust, Ages birth to 1

In this stage the child's understanding is vague. The child will respond to the parents and an environment of nurturance and love. This safe atmosphere creates the foundation of an ability to view God as loving and trustworthy.

Stage Two: Autonomy vs. Shame and Doubt, Ages 1-2

Oh, the terrible two's! As any parent can attest, in this stage the child is beginning to understand his/her ability to be separate. With this understanding in mind, kind and firm parental responses may be helpful. This phase is an extension of the initial trust in a loving Creator and Savior who is able to see