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Tips for praying with young children

Our extroverted son, Evan, 2, didn’t like it when we prayed. Or at least when we prayed a certain way—eyes closed, heads bowed and often kneeling.

After months of laughing or staring, he apparently decided he’d had enough. When we prayed at mealtimes or bedtime, he’d whine, cup my cheek or say, “No.”

I wasn’t about to give up, so I tried to imagine a toddler’s perspective. Quickly I realized that our prayers didn’t take into account his developmental stage or learning style.


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