Lent can be a tough time for kids. They’re expected to do more “hard” things than usual, and Easter can seem REALLY far away. This Lenten chart is a simple tool to help them live Lent intentionally each day and stay MOTIVATED while they do it. It’s easier to succeed for one week at a time than to tackle the whole thing at once.
Basically, you encourage your child to fill the chart up with “yeses” (or check marks, or stickers, or one word descriptors) each day, as they pray, sacrifice or “give”, which includes both giving alms and helping others. Then, at the end of each day, if they have done all three, they get to do something that motivates them and helps them look forward to living Lent again the next day.
You can come up with whatever motivation works best for your kids and your family. If you have some crown of thorns project going on, maybe your child can remove a “thorn” at the end of the day. Or they could put a piece of candy in a jar to eat at Easter. Or, you can tell them that if they succeed all week long, they can choose a special family activity or treat for the next Sunday. Or any other idea you come up with! Just make sure your child knows what they’re doing it and why they’re doing it!
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Wishing you all a blessed Lent!