how do you teach your one year old how to pray
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Darla - posted on 09/30/2013
She will see you praying and want to do it also. We make it fun with our grandson at dinner time by saying a really loud "AMEN" at the end. This made it fun for him. We like to hold hands at dinner also - and this makes it personal, praying about the needs or things going on in the little ones life. Bedtime prayers start with mommy praying, eventually as the child gets older - see if the child would like to pray their own prayer without being pushy. Remember to pray together at many other times of the day - it will just be natural. A need comes up. We pray. God answers.
Angela - posted on 04/16/2012
I taught my son when he was tiny to say just the basic stuff:
God bless Mammy, God bless Daddy, God bless Grandma & Granddad, God bless Doris (our cat) ........
And to be honest, it was just a list! But the type of list that God will listen to.
He always used to end up saying " .... and God bless Uncle Derek & Uncle Derek's car!
PS His Uncle Derek never had car trouble!
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Carla - posted on 10/01/2013
We watched a friend of our grandson's along with our grandson and his sister last summer during break. Aiden would, after saying amen, blow kisses and hugs to Heaven to God. I loved it!
Children have a connection with the Lord that, sadly, gets broken as they get older. So, teaching them, or allowing them to express their love while young will make a great habit when they are old. Proverbs says 'train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart.' Wise women will heed this.
Megan - posted on 09/27/2013
This bedtime book is perfect for babies and toddlers
Then kneel beside her bed each night and make up your own little prayer teaching her to fold her hands. Then thank God for her eyes and her nose and her cute stinky toes... or whatever comes to mind about the day.
Sarah - posted on 04/29/2012
All the posts I've read are great. Just have your child repeat prayers after you like praying before a meal. Then have them repeat a prayer with you at bedtime. Before long, they will be praying on their own. It just takes time.
Ginger - posted on 04/26/2012
My Grandma bought my baby a precious moments doll that has a bedtime prayer and we frequently played it. Also i would say a portion of my prayers out loud while holding his hands. We would thank God for the good things that happened that day and the people that love us. Now that he is older (3 1/2) he has a Veggie Tales book called "365 Bedtime Devos for Boys". He knows his bedtime prayer and eating prayer by heart. (the school he gos to taught him the Daily Bread Prayer) We also take turns praying at the table so he can hear each of our family member's version of thanking God. We all seem to like his turn the best. I will never forget the night my Son asked God to help him listen to Mommy better.
Andrea - posted on 04/23/2012
Kids learn by example and we pray with them whenever the opportunity arises. Prayer is a part of life in our house and the kids have picked up on it. We pray for meals and at bedtime but also we say little prayers of thanks throughout the day or prayers for help. My son learned around 20 months that God answers prayer. He had lost his pacifier and I had looked everywhere for it but was actually glad it was lost. I told him out of frustration "Well I'll guess you'll just have to ask God to find it for you because I'm done looking" (not my best parenting moment). He folded his little hands and since he wasn't talking at the time mumbled some thing unintelligible. I am not kidding less than five minutes later he found that thing sitting right where I had been looking for it. He just turned 3 on Friday and I have started asking him to pray for our meals or in Sunday school. It is great to hear what he has to say to God.
My 21 month old daughter has started praying too. She folds her hands and says "Dear God Dear God Amen." Sometimes she will add a thank you or a list of words she knows.
At your daughter's age the main thing you want to do is model praying for her (i.e pray out loud with her) and give her opportunity to say her own prayers even if they don't make sense to you. I personally do not like teaching the "routine" prayers because they loose their meaning after being said for so long. Teaching children that prayer is simply talking to God takes the fear of saying the wrong thing out of the equation and it encourages a relationship with God rather than ritual.
Angie - posted on 04/18/2012
Children learn Godly things by example so if you have them kneel or sit with you while you pray outloud, they will learn quickly and soon be doing it on their own. Remind them they are praying to God and not you :). Explain to them that God wants to hear the good and the bad, the happy and the sad because He is their Heavenly Father and WANTS to hear them. It's wonderful for them to also learn how to ask for forgiveness: for example, if you lost your temper with them too much that day and feel bad about it, pray with them and let them hear you say "Lord, I got very angry with Joey and Susie today. Please forgive me and help me learn how to be patient.". You can always add "and Lord, please help Joey and Susie listen to me because it makes me sad when they don't". Be sure to have already said this to them or it's too indirect if u address it with them by prayer. Add that you want God/Jesus to help all of you be kind and loving because it pleases Him. Of course, this is just an example! You might all get along together great! Praise God! :))
Katie - posted on 04/17/2012
Id say just be an example for her. Pray together nightly, meals, etc. until she is ready to do it on her own. Let her know that praying is just like talking to someone on the phone where they can hear her and she can talk to them but can't see them and just let her know that she can talk to God about anything. She may have trouble at first that he doesn't respond the same way as talking to you or someone on the phone but she will get it. Also let her know that though there are prayers that we do just memorize a prayer does not have to be something that we all memorized to be considered a prayer it can be short or long and just anything she wants to thank or ask God for.
Kelsey - posted on 04/17/2012
By example is best. My daughters (5 and 2) often say prayers consisting of "Thank you God for..." I tell my daughters that they can talk to God about anything and anywhere. I love hearing them pray, I often get humbled by what they say thank you for and sometimes they say the funniest things that sound so sincere! My 5-year old once said "Thank you for helping me not hit my sister". I love it. We often pray before my oldest goes to headstart and sometimes forget, only to hear her say "Can we pray before school?" They hear you pray, they will want to too.
Kaitlin - posted on 04/16/2012
AHAHAHAHAHA Angela that's the BEST. Will prays for all sorts of funny things. Like the door (which he means that he won't open it and get out of his room, but he just prays for the door, and it's really funny). He also prays for the baby in mommy's belly, and the baby in HIS belly.... which is so funny. Don't quite know how that one's going to end!
Susan - posted on 04/16/2012
Kaitlin is right, kids are little sponges. My husband puts our daughter to bed and started nighttime prayers with her. They usually say a lot of the same stuff (thank for guiding me, protecting me, thank you for mommy and daddy, etc.), but they'll throw in other stuff that's appropriate at the time. For instance, I was on medication at the beginning of my pregnancy that made me tired and I ended up having a car accident. They prayed that I would stay awake and be safe. They also pray for the baby now. We also pray before we eat. We do the traditional God is Great prayer and it only took our daughter a couple times to memorize the whole thing. They are thirsting to learn at a young age and do what we do so it's a great time to teach them. I don't think formal prayers are necessary, just say what's on your mind.
Cashmir - posted on 04/16/2012
thank you so much an im i want her to be able to speak out her heart and let the lord hear her prays cause god love children and yes we are the parents but he is a better parent and i will want her to be able to pray freely and in truly and not to be a shame
Carla - posted on 04/16/2012
Kaitlin's answer is great! I think praying from the heart is best. Whatever is going on in your lives, just 'talk' to Jesus!
Our little nephew was bit by a dog when he was about 3, right in the face. My sister brought him into my house, she had a cloth over his face. When I removed the cloth, the bite was RIGHT in his eye! At the time, I had 3 of my own, and I was watching my friend's 3, who also were raised in church. I called all the kids together, we laid hands on him, and prayed like crazy! I didn't tell the children all the gory details I had seen, other than Shane got bit, we gotta pray. When I lifted the cloth again, the bite was 2 inches down and on his cheek! My sister was able to take him to the hospital and have him stitched up, but it healed with a rather nasty scar. Several years later, another woman, I think it was his Sunday School teacher, said 'Shane gets teased because of his scar, let's pray', and the class got around him and prayed. The scar is now almost invisible.
God LOVES to hear the prayers of little ones! Teach them young, teach them there is NOTHING prayer can't help.
God bless, sweetheart
Kaitlin - posted on 04/16/2012
I do a lot of praying with my boys (2 1/2 and 1 1/2) and, little sponges, they start to mimick right away. Every morning, we pray before we start our day, and close with an Our Father and crossing ourselves, and in the evening we pray before bed, and of course at meal times. My oldest knows several prayers (we have several structured prayers as well as 'free form' or popcorn praying) and songs, while my youngest can cross himself and say amen (adorable). We try to talk a lot about WHY we pray, and how (what we're thankful for, what we need help for, who we want to pray for, etc) but mostly at this age it's repetition and copy cat-ing ;). Hope that helps!
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