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Talking to Kids About Religion

Tori Spelling Asks: How and When to Talk Religion With Kids?

We're happy to share a new post from ediTORIal by Tori Spelling, Tori's daily blog about everything from food and fashion to parenting and relationships. This week, Tori asks for advice on how to talk religion with kids

One of the things I love best about ediTORIal is the community we've built here on the site. I really enjoying reading all of your thoughts and comments — I have such hilarious and stylish readers! So, I decided to make a new blog series titled Momvo (mom convo) so we can all share stories and thoughts about hot mommy topics. Hope you enjoy my first Momvo post!

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This morning I walked into the kids' room and I heard Liam and Stella talking to each other. Liam said to Stella "you're a Jewish" and Stella said, "No Liam, you're a Jewish." I walked in and said "technically you are both Jewish."

They both asked why and I said, "because I'm Jewish," to which Stella replied, "you're not Jewish, you are just a mom." I then asked them, without having a completely proper answer prepared, if they knew what being Jewish meant. They both said no.

At what age is it appropriate to start talking to your kids about religion and heritage? And what if you and your husband have different religious backgrounds? I know we weren't prepared to have this conversation yet and still completely aren't. Luckily for the time being they were distracted when they heard Dean call "breakfast is ready" from the kitchen.

Leave me your thoughts on this topic in the comments below!

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Emily2554227 Emily2554227 4 years
If there is a practicing religion in the house, as in you regularly and faithfully practice a certain religion, then the earlier the better, and having the family practice together deepens the spiritual meaning.  If there is no practicing religion, or it's a dual-religion family, I still would talk about it early on, even from birth.  I think it's important that children understand the concept of belief, religion, and faith, even if it's only on a level they understand.  If there is a dominant practicing religion in the house, it is good to teach the children about other religions as well, so that they understand tolerance and similarities/differences between the religions.  They will be exposed to other religions once they reach school age anyway, so I think it's best that they have a foundation of thinking about religion that's in line with the family before then.
winnierich winnierich 4 years
It's never too early to introduce the basic religious principles to children. As long as your message is age appropriate-- that is it is presented in a way that can be understood and retained by the child-- then I certainly see no harm in introducing religion very early on. In dual-religion families, I think it's even more important to introduce multiple religions as early as possible. Find the common denominators or overarching concepts present in the two religions and introduce the similiarities until the child is old enough to understand the differences each religion has.   Many children's religious books present universal messages not unique to any certain religion. My latest book "Wake Up! To All You Are" presents the universal message that each child is a unique, integral component to life on Earth: http://winifredrich.authorsxpress.com/   If religion and spirituality are important to the family, introducing it to children early on is best!  
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