We agreed it was time to bring God back into our lives and into our home. My boyfriend and I are using Advent to introduce our 10 year old daughter to God and the Catholic Church. My boyfriend grew up in the Catholic Church but was never confirmed. I was not brought up in a religious home at all.
We encountered something we did not expect to happen. On Saturday we started celebrating Advent and we explained to our daughter what it is and why we celebrate it. We have an advent wreath and candles and we even printed out simple prayers for when we light the candles. Well when we got ready to say the pray our daughter just burst out into tears and stated she didn't want to do any of these because is was strange. It took an hour to get her to stop crying and agree to listen and participate.
Our daughter is extremly intelligent/gifted in reading and writing among other things. She has never acted so defensive about reading or learning something new. We were literally stunned by her reaction. I blame myself for waiting so long, but when it wasn't part of my childhood and it's not till this past year that I wanted to join the Catholic Church. I can understand how all this must sound to her.
I printed out several prayers that most kids her age would know, the ten commandments, and vocab lists defining some of the most common words she will encounter, but we know she needs more then that. Can anyone recommend reading material for her to learn about God, the Catholic Church and so on. We believe once she becomes comfortable at home she will be more open and participate in Church services and classes. We don't think throwing her in now would benefit her at all.
Our plan is to join a parish and attend services regularly and next fall for us to start RCIA classes, so our family will be welcomed into the Church spring of 2012. At least I think thats how it will go!
Any input would be greatly appreciated!