Lenten Kids Corner
What is Lent? (for children)
Lent is a great opportunity to talk about the deeper parts of our faith.
Christians observe this season in different ways, but the most common form is fasting. During this time, we prepare our hearts for Easter, consider what Jesus sacrificed on our behalf, and give serious consideration to our own lives and how we can become a better version of ourselves.
As you observe Lent, talk to your kids about why you are fasting, what you have chosen to fast from, and what it’s like: Has it been hard? Have you missed the thing you’ve given up? What is God teaching you through it?
You can help your children choose something they will fast from during Lent. It doesn’t have to be arduous, but simply a first step. Then, as the days go on, you can explore their own thoughts and feelings. Talk about what Jesus sacrificed for them. Or, read Matthew 4 (the story of Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness here) and talk with your kids about what that must have been like.
One of the mercies of Lent is that it doesn’t include Sundays. Every Sunday during Lent, you can break the fast and indulge a little. This part is designed for kids!
Parents shouldn’t get too discouraged about Lent. Some kids will get it, and some will not, but it’s the habit that matters. We practice Lent because we believe there is something about it that shapes our souls to look like Jesus. Through Lent, we are sewing into our children’s hearts the lessons and practices for years to come. It’s the long game we’re after, and Lent plays a powerful part in it.