The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and the familiar smell of fresh cut grass slowly reminds us of the season ahead.
I remember being a kid and absolutely loving this time of year, a majority of my time was spent painting easter eggs or helping my mom decorate the house with her usual seasonal decorations. The skies were a rich blue and the weather was a light breeze that seemed to hug you.
Aside from the obvious benefits of Spring, this special season marked two very important things for me as a child.
- A huge basket of candy
- And no more rainy day recess
Although I grew up in a Christian home, candy usually trumped the true meaning of Easter. I may have not fully understood the importance of Easter as a child, but I remember as I got older I began to fully appreciate the power of that special day.
My grandmother had an amazing way of sharing biblical stories in a way that I could understand and appreciate. When she explained the true meaning of Easter and the miracles that took place on that day, it dawned on me the true power and beauty of Jesus. She explained it very simply, "Jesus is alive" – That type of intro intrigued me as a child. I remember after the explanation feeling like I truly learned something bigger than I could have imagined.
As a parent, it's never easy explaining complex things to a child but word choice and delivery are everything. Below are some tips you can use to explain to your child the true reason behind the season.
- Simplifying situations in a manner that a child can understand
- Visual examples (i.e. picture books, videos, art exercises)
- Make it a group effort and invite some friends over along with their parents, to join in on the learning experience.