Lenten Promises for our Children

Lent kids

As I mentioned on my Lenten promises page, I am trying to keep it simple this year.  I am following a suggestion that an article in Our Sunday Visitor had last year and modifying it for my children.

The suggestion was to do three things:

  1. Giving up something.
  2. Adding something to your life.
  3. Work on one sin.


I told my children, ages 9, 7, and 4, what I wanted to do and asked what they wanted to do both individually and as a family and here is what we came up with:

  1. Giving up dessert at lunch every Friday.  Their faces were horrified when I suggested this.  Keep in mind that they only get one small cookie in their lunch every day, but they couldn’t imagine lunch without it.  But as they got to thinking and talking about how much Jesus sacrificed for them, they decided that one cookie a week was a pretty minor sacrifice – but definitely noticeable!
  2. Praying before meals at school.  This may seem like a minor practice but since our children attend public school, this isn’t a commonly seen occurrence.   When they came up with this idea, we discussed how it was two-fold.  One, they are happy to expand their regular mealtime prayers to all meals of the day.  But two, it may open them up to questions about their Catholic faith, which they expressed excitement about sharing with others.
  3. As siblings often do, my children get into disagreements, battles of wills, and general pushing of buttons!  They all agreed that they should be nicer to one another.  We’ll see how this goes!


As for family Lenten promises, I would like to add a few activities:

  1.  Adoration once a week.
  2.  Weekly rosaries.


I’ll keep you all posted as to how this goes!  And if you have any suggestions or ideas, I’d be delighted to hear them!

One Response to Lenten Promises for our Children

  1. Jennifer Wunderly says:

    Hi Shannon,

    I am going to try and do the “Ressurection Eggs” with Clare this Lent (12 days before leading up to Easter) and then once she has opened each egg, she can hang it on our Easter tree that I made with a simple vase, a tree branch from outside and some rocks to put in the bottom of the vase. I don’t know if you have heard of these eggs, but they have them at Hobby Lobby or you can make your own. We will see how it goes. I will keep you posted! I love your website by the way!! :)

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