I am a convert to the church and therefore have a different background when it comes to the sacrament. In many other Christian churches children are not allowed to take the sacrament/communion until a set age. After joining the church I was surprised to find that children as young as 1 year old took the sacrament. I didn't think it was necessarily wrong, it was just different from what I had been taught.
I have 3 children and my two older children do take the sacrament. I started letting them take it when they showed an interest in doing so. When they do take it I remind them in a quiet whisper that we take the bread and water to remember Jesus. I try to reinforce what the sacrament is for so they know it is not just any bread and water.
Sometimes I feel that I'm taking the sacrament too lightly. I also want my children to understand its importance. I don't want to deny them the sacrament, but at the same time they aren't renewing a covenant like I am so it is a bit confusing as to where they stand in reference to the sacrament.
How can I make the sacrament more special for my children?
How can I make the sacrament more meaningful for myself even when I have young children to tend to?
At what age do you let your children take the sacrament? Why?
For us, one thing we do is to only let our children focus on the Savior during the administration of the sacrament. We let them look at pictures of Jesus or "read" board books about Jesus. We use the Gospel Art Kit as a main source to find pictures of Jesus. This I think helps them understand that the sacrament is different.
One other thing we have done is to have an FHE lesson on the sacrament whenever we feel that we are all disrespecting the administration of the sacrament. This seems to help us bring it all back into focus.
Share your ideas! We'd love to hear what you do to make the sacrament meaning for your family.