Easter from a Christian perspective is full of meaning, significance, and hope. Easter from our culture’s perspective is full of colored eggs, candy, and chocolate bunnies (and let’s not forget the big, scary, human-sized rabbit that our children are expected to take pictures with.) How do we discuss the significance of the Easter holiday with our children?
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While our children delight in all of the candy, and some of them are brave enough to take a picture with the scary Easter Bunny, many of us Christian parents want to celebrate Easter with the joy, hope, and salvation brought to us through Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.
But let’s be real here, the Christian Easter story is full of difficult to understand concepts that even adults sometimes have a hard time grasping.
So, how do we then, as Christian parents, discuss this powerful story with our children in a gentle yet compelling way that our kids can understand?
I know some of you parents with very young kids are thinking that the story is just too difficult to discuss with a child who’s just learning the basics of life, like walking and talking. How can we explain concepts like death, resurrection, and salvation without frightening our young ones?
Below are 5 Ways To Discuss Easter With Your Kids that I’ve found helpful with my children.
1. Talk To Them
The best way for parents to introduce God’s story of Easter is to speak to them about it.
In the week leading up to Easter, start discussing the reason why we celebrate Easter. While it’s important for parents to decide what is age-appropriate to talk with our children, in my experience, I’ve found that even very young children can understand the emotions involved in the Easter story.
Easter is the perfect time to introduce your little ones to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Try focusing the discussion on ways your family can share the hope brought by Jesus Christ with others.
2. Read A Story
Reading an Easter story is another wonderful way for you to share the Easter story with your children.
If you have a children’s Bible at home, this is a great place to begin. Share the Easter stories with your children. You can also find Easter stories on the Bible App for Kids from You Version. My kids love listening to and interacting with the stories using this app.
Another great option is to read children’s books about Easter with your children. You can find quite a few on Amazon.
I loved the Berenstain Bears books when I was growing up, and I was delightfully surprised as an adult to find two great books from this series that discuss Easter from a Christian perspective.
3. Watch a Video With Them
If you are having a hard time explaining the meaning of Easter with your children, try watching a video together.
I found this short Easter video clip from Cross Roads Kids’ Club. It’s a great summary of God’s Story of Easter. There were others I found on YouTube, but I thought this video on Vimeo was well produced and appropriate for many ages.
4. Let Them Ask Questions
Ask your children if they have any questions about Jesus or the meaning of Easter. Allow them time to formulate their questions and be open and truthful in your responses.
Provide your kids with a safe environment in which to ask the tough questions. This open discussion will teach them that it’s okay to discuss their faith, to ask questions, and to seek out answers.
Far too often families don’t discuss their faith at home. Then our children are left feeling uncomfortable discussing God unless at Church on Sunday. Give your children the gift of growing up in a home where you openly discuss issues of faith, no matter where the discussion may lead.
Give your kids the gift of growing up in a home where you openly discuss issues of faith, regardless of where the discussion may lead.
5. Celebrate With Them
Don’t forget to celebrate the hope of Easter with your children.
Show your children that this is a time of great celebration. In our home, we by no means deprive our children of having fun on Easter Day. We thoroughly enjoy celebrating with jelly beans, colored eggs, and chocolate bunnies. But we place the real joy of Easter Day with our Savior.
To do this, we celebrate God with praise, thanksgiving, prayer, and spending time in communion with loved ones.
May you too joyously celebrate the life, death, resurrection, and hope brought by Jesus Christ for “He has risen, just as he said.” Matthew 28:6.
Wishing you and your family a joyous Easter celebration!