Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Faith,Trust, & Pixie Dust

  Being the mother of three lends itself to many introspections. In regard to religion, I have chosen not to lead my children through an obstacle course of blind convention. I am proud to have raised a trio of individuals : ages 20, 15, and almost 13. In my opinion, faith is an exquisitely personal facet of a human being. It should bloom from within the psyche, and be nurtured by one's life experiences. I have planted seeds of faith for my children by raising them with a broad-minded perception of the world's religions. An analysis of all finds a common thread of "golden rule" (remember being taught about that as a child?) that runs throughout its' many
forms : the essence of which is to treat others as you would want to be treated yourself. Does that theme not herald the most important aspect of parenting; which in my esteem is fostering kindness,respect,and tolerance for all living things within the mindset of the next generation? Our society does not practice what it preaches and I believe that children learn best by example.

   The incorporation of ancestral roots greatly influences a child's perspective of faith. Those who are fortunate to be raised with elder family members can be taught to appreciate their beliefs and contributions. Those who do not have any living relatives can be guided on a journey of the past to
open the doors of distant credence. Religions are integrated by all cultural aspects : enrich a child's world by sharing ethnic folklore and traditions. Explore together the links of food and seasonal observances within your faith and make relevant these associations by preparing a holiday meal in a family-friendly kitchen environment. Open their eyes to the mysteries of life : explain all the possibilities and not just the dogmatic ones. Show them that quiet contemplation and/or prayer will augment patience,insight,and acceptance of life's difficult circumstances. Teach them to believe in themselves, as well as a higher power.


  1. Here Here... I so agree. Even now that my kids are in their 20's I still enjoy a good conversation with them in regards to spiritual beliefs and views. And all three of them have different ones. Not only from each other but from mine.

  2. This was beautiful. Just absolutely beautiful and so very much inspiring. Thank you!

    P.S. I found you via Circle Of Moms Top 25 Faith Blogs by Moms contest. I am so glad I did!

  3. Wonderful! Completely agreed.

    (I also found your blog through Circle of Moms~ good luck too!)

  4. I hoped to make two points : "all gods are one god" and mothers should set positive examples.