We must not forget that little ones are always with eyes on us. The children observe and imitate continuously. Despite their superficiality, they observe everything: and the way we behave at home, and the way we deal with people or the way we express ourselves about them, what makes us happy and what saddens us.
The older the child gets, the more critically he appreciates us, the better he sees the points where our words and deeds do not match.
How to teach children to pray? How can we not make prayer a boring obligation for them? Many parents have begun to pray in the presence of their children, so they can see and hear. Because it is difficult for the small child to sit and listen, the parents found the right time: the same time before bed, when the children are already lying in bed. Many children fall asleep surrounded by parental prayer.
The children watch and listen very attentively to the adults who pray, acquiring their experience of prayers.
Nowadays, children are in great need of beneficial impressions, useful to the soul, because the contemporary world overwhelms the souls of children with terrifying and sinful impressions.
The baptized child has even stronger defenses than his parents: the guardian angel, the Lord Himself and the Mother of the Lord. It is only necessary for the little boy to remember his Heavenly Devices and pray to them. That is why it is so important to teach the child to truly pray to God, that is, to talk to Him, to seek His help and protection.
The fundamental duty of Christian parents for all time remains prayer for children. All this constitutes the basis of the whole family education process.