Faith Development: Birth to Two

February 27, 2012

Faith At Home, Resources

Being a good parent who is trying to develop their child’s faith is hard.  Being a good parent who is trying to develop faith in a child with an intellectual disability is harder.  For either parent you can’t coast through it; you have to be intentional.  Being a good parent requires effort…and prayer!

Luke’s simple statement, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52, NIV) sums up Jesus’ development through the ages and stages of childhood. Even more important, the statement clearly recognizes four basic areas of development:

  •  Wisdom= Intelligence
  •  Stature = Physical
  •  Favor with God = Spiritual
  •  Favor with man = Social

It is essential that developing faith be as intentional as are a child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Just as these other areas of the child’s growth develop in stages, so does his or her faith!

What I discovered has helped me as a parent of boys with intellectual disabilities to be able to understand “what?” my boys are able to learn about God and “how?” they are best able to learn His amazing truths!  Does that make me an expert?  No!  I’m simply a parent who struggles with knowing how to create the spiritual spaces that allows God’s Spirit to transform my boys’ into His likeness.  It’s the same journey that thousands of parents who have children with special needs travel EVERY day.

My previous blog post on the faith development of children with special needs ages three to seven years old can be found by clicking here.

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About Michael Woods

Christ-follower, husband, chocoholic, and peanut-butter lover! I'm a father to triplet boys...each on the autism spectrum.

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