How would you adjust your forgiveness process for adults when working with children?
We do not expect young children (ages 6-10) to go through a process similar to adults. Instead, we start with picture books and other children’s stories so that the child begins to understand what forgiveness is in the calm and protection of the story rather than confronting directly injustice in their lives. As the children begin to understand what inherent (built-in) worth is, along with an understanding of kindness, respect, generosity, and love, then they have a foundation for understanding what forgiveness is. They then may be in a position of gently trying to forgive those who have been unfair to them for small things (a disagreement with a sibling, for example).
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