I don't know if anyone ever checks this board but in the off chance. . .
can anyone give me links/books/guides anything to other resources for Catholic moms, specifically for preschool age?
I am kinda at a loss with my son. He asks questions, needs answers, I have none. I wasn't raised Catholic and barely even religious so I don't have the answers to give to him. I understand the basics from RCIA but that is not at a level to tell a 3 year old.
I had looked at MOPS but all of them meet during the week and I work full time.
I have tons of resources and welcome your help in enabling this board to become an additional source of support!
Here are a few of my favorite resources:
Faith and Family Live
Catholic Heritage Curricula (if you are interested you can explore other subjects but I'm linking to their religion for little ones area)
EWTN (helps *me* learn more about my faith, get to the daily readings, ask/search questions, and stay informed) and EWTN Kids (some of this site is easy enough for a preschooler; other areas are for older kids)
My personal recommendation is to simply seek out ways to share the faith within your daily life. Small opportunities such as prayers before meals, at bedtime, and in the morning; use of sacramentals -- such as a holy water font at the door of your home that you (and your child) can bless themselves with once a day. Select a Catholic Picture Bible or one for the Saints -- with one or two page stories and vibrant pictures and read. Find ways (which we can discuss here!) to celebrate feast days or the various liturgical seasons. Also, there are animated Catholic children's DVDs that you may like. Let me know and I'll suggest some titles. You can use crafts and activities to teach the faith such as for the Rosary or the concept of the Trinity.
It is VERY important to not get overwhelmed. Some of these sites are soooo packed with things to do. Some may have suggestions/ideas that simply do not fit your family (including some that we may talk about here!) YOU know your children best and as their parent will best determine what to pick from. Start with something small and then move on.
Wow THANKS Missy, I am going to have fun with those resources, looks like a lot of great info!
Its been hard because while I have an understanding of my faith and the church's teachings (some what at least) I have struggled with how to explain them to a very inquisitive three year old whose favorite question is "but why?" I don't have my own background to fall back to with respect to traditions that my parents followed or that I knew growing up so it becomes really difficult to know what and when to teach things to him or how to explain things on his level.
I am going to have fun going through those sites! Thanks A LOT!
I grew up in the faith but STILL get stumped by my kids -- both my own and those that I taught at this level for goodness knows how many years! They will tell you when that happens my favorite answer is "I'm not completely sure! Let's see what we can find!"
A great rule of thumb though for your own is to not get too caught up in trying to convey some of the tenets of our faith FULLY to a little one... particularly when some things we continue to be working out for our own understanding! Answer the question with just a basic response and then see where the conversation leads. Granted, it sounds like you have the budding philosopher -- always asking "But why mom!?" I actually found that I LEARNED a lot about my own faith by being challenged by my children to seek out the "why's" for us both! (Fall back on the "Let's look it up!" answer LOL)