Teaching Your Children about Creation
I often hear moms ask how to teach their children about creation. I think we get scared by the science. It’s as if teaching about creation involves a technical background, complicated approach, or genius IQ. Perhaps we assume science puts creation into a different category from all the other subjects we teach our kids, but it’s really not that hard. Simple, really.
I homeschooled for 22 years and my kids are now grown, so I have the advantage of hindsight. I also work at a creation ministry and benefit from the wisdom of my scientist co-workers.
But I can assure you, if you take care of three things, the science falls into place. And if you start early in life–from the time they are born–you’ll find it easy to teach creation to your children.
- Introduce your child to the Creator of the universe. From birth, talk about how God made everything in the world, including them. Tell them about Jesus, our Creator. Pray with them. At some point, you’ll have an opportunity to invite them to give their lives to Him. Even a three-year-old can understand that Jesus died to take the punishment for their sin, and He wants them to follow Him. Explain in your child’s language that she can give everything she knows of herself to everything she knows of God.
- Teach your child that the Bible is the Word of God. And it’s never wrong. When in doubt about anything, look it up in the Bible. The Bible begins with creation, and because it’s God’s Word, we can trust what He tells us about the very beginning of everything. Let your child know that the Bible is the ultimate authority about every area of life—including science.
- Don’t make it hard for your child to trust God. (This one is a bit tricky, so my claims that this is easy may have been overstated.) Live in such a way that your child believes you. Be trustworthy, which begins with being kind in your home. Display love and grace in everyday life. We all make mistakes, but apologize quickly when you do, and don’t be afraid to admit you were wrong. Demonstrate the character of God in your home, when no one else sees—no one but your child. The relationship you build with your child is more important than any lesson you teach.
These are the building blocks of teaching creation to your children. Start with these three things, and the rest falls into place.