I am interested in helping my children learn about forgiveness and learn to forgive.  Yet, I am worried that this might force them into forgiving and therefore turn them away from it.  What advice do you have for me on this important issue?

A key is to try fostering softened hearts in the children toward other people.  You can keep their little hearts soft by talking about forgiveness with them. Do not force this upon them. Let them be drawn to it because forgiveness in its highest form is an expression of love. Let them see this love, experience it, and then offer it when they are ready.  You can use teachable moments on forgiveness in the home, such as when there are conflicts between the children.  You can point out forgiveness themes in stories and films as other teachable moments.  Let them see and experience forgiveness so that they, themselves, begin to see the beauty and importance of forgiveness.

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