Unscrambling Easter: Teaching Kids the Importance without the Pressure

Michelle
Michelle

Yesterday I asked Sophie what Easter was about and I wish I could totally remember her response but it included a combination of Jesus and the Easter Bunny and something about the Easter Bunny being at church on Easter Sunday. 😜

Michelle
Ashley
Ashley

Ha! I thought I was having a good conversation with Grace about Easter.  She seemed engaged and really into it, and then she just said, “Some kids have red hair.”  🤔 Their little minds are so fascinating.

Ashley
Desi
Desi

Oh man. Isaiah doesn’t seem to get it at all. He just wants to hide eggs. We played the “hide eggs” game for literally 3 months after Easter last year.

Desi
Michelle
Michelle

Oh us too! 😂  When Sophie responded that way, I laughed because kids are hilarious. But…confession time: I have to admit that I actually got a little worried that maybe I wasn’t doing enough to teach her more about the real meaning.  #whydoIdothat

Michelle
Desi
Desi

Why do we do that?? So what did you come up with?

Desi
Michelle
Michelle

Literally in the span of 15 seconds my mind started spinning…what if I’ve failed her that she doesn’t already understand that Easter is a very important holiday in our faith, actually the foundation, and she needs to know that the Easter Bunny is just a fun little commercialized addition, and how in the world do you teach about death and the resurrection to a preschooler😳

Michelle
Desi
Desi

Lol! Whoa, Mama. Stop. Put the brakes on those spinning thoughts! 😜  But I get it. I do the same thing! It’s hard not to!😛

Desi
Ashley
Ashley

Oh friend! You haven’t failed her at all!  You are planting seeds; Seeds that are growing a little bit more each day. Someday she will understand that the Easter Bunny and eggs are merely secular traditions and the reason we celebrate is because we have a Savior.  One day we pray she will choose Him over a candy-filled basket any day, and it’s because He took those seeds of truth that YOU planted and made them grow.

Ashley
Michelle
Michelle

That’s so reassuring. I love that. I am trying to include some intentional things during Easter but it all seemed to go over her head. I know that’s totally age-appropriate and I could tell she was ready to move on to a new activity, one that probably included hiding Easter eggs!😉   So I have been asking God to give me wisdom on how to guide her little heart to know and love God and I love that thought of remembering I am planting the seeds for God to grow when the time comes.

Michelle
Ashley
Ashley

I totally understand how you feel, because I always try to talk with my girls about God and feed truths into their little hearts (I have really been focusing on God making us brave since our conversation, Michelle).  But I think while they are little I think that’s all we can do is teach and pray, teach and pray, teach and pray.  Sometimes I think we put too much pressure on ourselves to draw our kids’ hearts to the Lord and forget that really only He can draw their hearts to Him.

Ashley
Michelle
Michelle

Yes, I think we (I??) make it more complicated than it needs to be. You know, maybe that’s it: taking the natural opportunities when they come up to discuss these faith-concepts and let God work in their hearts. Such a good reminder and breath of fresh air.

Michelle
Ashley
Ashley

It eases that burden for me knowing that He is ultimately the One in control.  We still need to teach them and guide them in His Word…but He will allow their hearts to understand.

Ashley
Desi
Desi

Well said. I was talking to my mom about this very subject one day and asking her how she explained this whole concept to us as small children and she said, “You just knew. I think His Spirit speaks to little hearts in ways we don’t understand.” It allowed me to give myself permission to take the pressure off and rest in Him and His peace.

Desi
Michelle
Michelle

I feel so much better already.  Take the pressure off. Pray for opportunities to teach these important things to my girls and then pray again that God grows this truth in their hearts. That definitely lets me take a deep breath to remember it’s not all up to me. 💗

Michelle

 

Soaking in the Truth

Scripture to encourage you:

  • I planted, Apollos water, but God gave the growth. So neither nor he who waters or he who plants is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” 1 Corinthians 3:6,7
  • And He said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it?  It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth,  yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” Mark 4:30-32, ESV
  • “Jesus replied, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.  Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.  Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.’” (John 12:23-25,  NIV)
  • “It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ When he had said this, he breathed his last.  The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, ‘Surely this was a righteous man.’”  (Luke 23:44-47, NIV)

Music to inspire you:

Readings and Resources to come alongside of you:

  • What is Easter? by Michelle Medlock Adams. I love reading this book to my girls because it puts into simple words what Easter is really about. (Planting those seeds!)
  • 10 Ways to Teach Kids About Easter  by LeAnn G Taylor – Such tangible, great ideas! I love #1 and #3 (just using books!) #7 is cool especially if you are going on Spring Break somewhere beachy. And apparently, in #10, Ann Voskamp shares a free devotional and idea for creating the Easter Tree. 
  • Easter Week with the Jesus Storybook Bible from Home With the Boys blog – A great reading for Easter week.

 

Living Out the Truth

Ideas to try:

  • Resurrection Eggs – A more child-friendly way to present the Easter Story. If you don’t have time or money to buy them already made, we just print off pictures from the computer and stick them in there. My daughter still talks about the picture of the thorn crown that was on Jesus’s head. (And don’t worry if they don’t get it all; remember, we are just planting seeds! 😉 )
  • Miss PattyCake’s Eggstravaganza – She explains Easter in this DVD with Resurrection Eggs and songs. For adults, it’s a bit cheesy, but my preschooler loves it and she does communicate well to that age group. Here is a sneak peak
  • Resurrection Rolls – I just heard this idea, and loved it!  Marshmallows, carbs, cinnamon, butter- nothing wrong with piquing your kids interest in Jesus with the help of sugary goodness. 😋 But in all honesty, the resurrection is a tricky thing for little minds to grasp, so having a simple visual of what we’re trying to convey is really helpful. 
  • Jesus Removes Our Sin – an experiment to tangibly show them how Jesus took our sin away.
  • Try teaching your kids about Passover – Consider reading or retelling the story of the Exodus (Exodus 6-13) to your children, particularly the part where God instructs Moses on how to remember the events that led up to the Israelites’ departure from Egypt.  The Feast of the Passover (and then the Feast of Unleavened Bread) is what Jesus and his disciples were observing when Jesus says, “do this in remembrance of me,” and these feasts are still observed in Jewish homes today.  In fact, to really make the connection complete, try to attend a Seder Meal.  Ask the Lord to show you how Jesus became our Passover Lamb, so that the punishment of sin literally passes over us because of His sacrifice for us. Kids sometimes need a good visual to really understand (goodness, I sometimes need a good visual to understand these deep concepts of my faith!), and maybe this Exodus story will be what helps you and your kids understand even more fully what Easter is all about.  To Learn more, click here.         

{These suggestions are ideas from novice moms. Sometimes our life situations need more. In that case, seeking out professional help is the right call.}

About Michelle Warner

The truth about me is that I love spending time with people–whether it be with moms in MOPS, students in writing camps, friends in my supper club, or family on our patio. And if you combine people and words, I am definitely in my happy place. One of my most favorite moments is sitting around a table with the people I love sharing deep conversations about life. Inviting people into our home and pulling out my fancy dishes invigorates me, though tackling the hand-wash pile in my sink does quite the opposite. (Sorry, Hubby. I’ll get to those soon!) I’m learning to enjoy the people in my life without feeling the need to prove myself or always make them happy. God continues to teach me that when I find what I need in Him rather than the perfectly-cooked chicken or the perfectly-timed word, I have a security that can’t be shaken. And that’s a good thing since my hard-working husband and I have two very determined little girls who keep us on our toes!

6 thoughts on “Unscrambling Easter: Teaching Kids the Importance without the Pressure

  1. This is great! For anyone interested, our family has enjoyed celebrating Passover and connecting the dots between the old testament and the significance of what Jesus did ON Passover. Our celebration has slowly evolved into a messianic style Passover Seder with an extra emphasis on family friendly. Our kids LOVE the retelling of the 10 plagues, and many of the other activities. They are older (12, 10, 8) , but you could use this as a basis for doing something at an age appropriate level for your family. The document is mean to be printed as a booklet folded in half. You need to use the settings “print on both sides flip on the short edge” for it to come out properly. Just incase, I wanted to share with you gals. Enjoy! https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BylmPGnpEz-IbkhMQXVqNl9RdW8

  2. Michelle – I love this whole idea for your blog! texting the truth – real conversations between moms – dealing with real life issues and concerns that only another mom can understand and encourage. I went and read your about too – What God originates, He orchastrates! I ove it. I love the conversations you had about Easter too – my kids are adults now, but I had some of the same thought process when they were young. Even now as my husband and I pastor a local church, I wonder…. what do the kids in the church know about the truth of Easter and are we doing a good job of sharing it with them in a way they will understand. I am your neighbor today at #RaRaLinkup

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    1. Thank you for sharing! It’s nice to know others can relate to struggles! I linked up our latest blog and I hope I did it right. 🙂

  3. What a cool post!! Love the texting , conversational style for communicating the truth. Awesome idea👍

    I remember when my three kids were younger, I was careful of what I emphasized the most. If I talked more about Santa and the Easter Bunny than I talked about the real reason for those holidays, then my kids would naturally gravitate toward the secular view. What we focus on communicates volumes.

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