I must confess that though I have been a Catholic since birth, I didn't really participate much until my husband & I began to discuss having children. We started going to church regularly again and I got pregnant pretty quickly. And I panicked! I had been a Catholic for 27 years and didn't have a clue what it was about. And I REALLY didn't have a clue about how to teach it all to my soon-to-arrive child.
Fast forward a year or so and I found the best book for new Catholic parents I've ever read (three times now)-- Guiding Your Catholic Preschooler by Kathy Pierce & Lori Rowland. These ladies have fabulous ideas for introducing the faith to your children from birth. They include the children in church and advocate church busy bags with more religious items than I would have considered with my first. Guiding Your Catholic Preschooler also includes ideas on how to introduce many prayers and practices to the toddler crowd. The authors also include many ideas on celebrating the liturgical year starting with the two biggies -- Christmas & Easter. Not only do they share ways to increase your Childs exposure to the Church, but they also take time to share how to minimize exposure to poor secular influences without withdrawing completely.
Overall, I thought this was a fabulous resource and I would recommend it to anyone who has Preschoolers or under--especially if they are expecting. It's a wonderful primer of all the basics, as well as some more advanced devotions. It's also great for people who may know the basics but not know how soon or where to start.
Copyright 2011 Jen Steed
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