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How to Talk to Kids About their Body and Soul

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Published on Feb 7, 2013

Nicole Lataif talks about her children's picture book, "Forever You: A Book About Your Soul and Body," for kids ages 4-8 years old.

[Purchase book here: www.kidsfaithgarden.com]

Awaken young children to the joy and mystery of being human! "Your soul is in all you are and do, soul and body-forever you!" Starting at an early age, kids are curious about their existence as human beings. At the primary stage, they wonder about where they came from, who they are as individuals, and how they fit into this world. As adults, it is often difficult to find the right words to explain these complex ideas to them in a way that they can relate to. And in this critical period of individual identity formation, finding those 'right words' is all the more essential. At the most basic level, this resource for Christian faith formation introduces children ages 4-8 to what being human is all about. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, or catechist, you will find this resource to be helpful in explaining the concept of a "soul" to your children. Simply structured sentences, engaging text, relatable analogies grounded in nature and creation, and whimsical illustrations invite children to understand and embrace the whole human person.

Your child will learn about the soul's:

-Presence in their every moment, action, and emotion
-Spiritual nature
-Link to their body and physical experiences
-Substance and origin as a gift to them from God
-Commonality to all of humanity, but also its individual uniqueness
-Sacredness, with gentle allusions to John Paul II's Theology of the Body
-Service-directed purpose through loving and helping their neighbors
-Call to eternal life in heaven, without explicitly referencing death

Features:
-Authored by a religious educator who is active in faith-based initiatives
-Paves the way for understanding theology of the body, and moral and sacramental theology
-Introduces children to the concept of eternal life without referencing death

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