Constructive Use of Time
Religious Community | Young person spends one hour or more per week in activities in a religious institution.
- Adapt your religious and spiritual practices to match your child’s developmental abilities. Children this age may only be able to sit 10-15 minutes (or less) at one time. Offer a quiet activity or book to keep your child engaged.
- Encourage your child to talk about his/her interpretations of spiritual or religious concepts, asking questions to clarify comments, rather than judging what she says.
- It’s okay for your teen to seek out adult mentors with deep spiritual commitments or practices, even if those practices differ from your own. Exposure to different culters and belief systems can help him/her evaluate and define his/her own.
- Keep talking with and listening to your child, even if she he/she says things about religion or spiritually that worry or disappoint you.
- Together, read stories and enjoy music and other creative arts that have religious or spiritual themes.
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