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.) 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.
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But let’s be real here, the Christian Easter story is filled with 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 discuss 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 useful with my own children.
1. Talk To Them
The best way for parents to introduce God’s story of Easter is to talk to them about it. In the week leading up to Easter, start discussing the reason why we celebrate Easter. While I agree that it’s important for parents to decide what is age-appropriate to discuss with our children, in my experience, I’ve found that even very young children can understand the emotions involved in the Easter story.
I believe that 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 is a wonderful way for you to share the Easter story with your children. If you have a children’s Bible at home, this is where you should begin. Share the Easter stories with your children. You can also find Easter stories on the Bible App for Kids from You Version. My children 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 personally loved the Berenstain Bears books 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 in a way that even the very young can relate to: The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story and The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Sunday.
3. Watch a Video With Them
If you are having a hard time explaining the meaning of Easter with your children, a video may help you start the discussion. I found this short video clip from Cross Roads Kids’ Club and think it’s a great summary of God’s Story of Easter. I found some others 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. Providing your children with a safe environment in which to ask the tough questions 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. This leaves our children 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.
5. Celebrate With Them
My final suggestion is that you celebrate the hope of Easter with your children. Show them that this is a time of great celebration. While in our home we by no means deprive our children of having fun on Easter Day, and thoroughly enjoy celebrating with jelly beans, colored eggs, and chocolate bunnies, we place the true 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!