How Can I Talk to My Child or Grandchild About Easter?
Easter is the cornerstone of our faith, and it's important to talk with our children about Jesus' death and resurrection. Yet some parents and grandparents feel overwhelmed when trying to discuss Easter with their children. There's no need to worry! Keep these tips in mind when talking with children about Easter:
- Don't be discouraged if your child is confused. For over 2,000 years, Christians have struggled to fully understand and explain how Jesus could be both God and human, how God could die, and how a human could return to life. Don't be upset if your child is confused too!
- Be aware of your child's age and development. Children are increasingly able to understand the Easter story as they age, and we shouldn't try to get ahead of them. For example, children under age 5 seldom understand death; even if they use language to talk about death, they usually don't understand that death is permanent or final. Instead of trying to convince this age of the reality of Jesus' death, focus on something they can understand—such as how much Jesus loves them.
- Tell the story of Jesus' death and resurrection, but keep things positive—particularly with younger children, who are easily frightened. Jesus' trial and final hours are tragic, and we should not hide that; but fixating on Jesus' suffering is not appropriate with children.
- Let children guide you with their questions. If your child asks a question about Easter, give a short and straightforward answer. A child will ask you further questions if they want more depth, and they will stop asking questions once they have reached a level of understanding that they are ready for.
So don't be afraid of talking about Easter, and what it means to you. The biggest mistake we can make with our children is not to talk about Easter at all!