Raising children who believe in the intrinsic value of human life from conception is an ongoing journey, not a one-time conversation. However, honest conversations is where it all begins.
We understand that starting conversations about the value of human life can be challenging, especially when discussing abortion with children. That’s why we turned to the real experts…..parents! We believe it’s crucial to approach this topic with sensitivity and age-appropriate information. Here are some valuable insights on how to have meaningful conversations with your children about abortion.
Age 0-5 years old
When discussing abortion with children between 0 and 5, providing age-appropriate and straightforward explanations is essential. Here are some tips on how to approach the topic:
Choose appropriate resources. Select children’s books that support life and convey positive messages about the value of every individual. Examples include “You Are Special” by Max Lucado and “God Gave Us You” by Lisa Tawn Bergren.
Introduce life-affirming verses. Memorize abbreviated Scripture verses that emphasize the beauty of human life. Explain these verses to your child and encourage them to ask questions. Some relevant verses include Genesis 1:27, Jeremiah 1:5, and Psalm 139:13-16.
Involve them in the pregnancy journey. If you or someone you know is pregnant, involve your child by letting them see sonograms, hear the baby’s heartbeat, and feel the baby moving. You can also encourage them to sing or read to the growing baby.
Attend pro-life events as a family. Participate in Walk for Life events together. This allows your child to witness a supportive community and understand the importance of protecting life.
Encourage curiosity and questions. Let your child know their questions are valuable and essential. Create a safe space where they feel comfortable asking questions and learning more about life.
It is important to remember children in this age range have limited understanding, so keep explanations simple, positive, and focused on the beauty and value of every human life.
Age 6-12 years old
When discussing abortion with children between the ages of 6 and 12, it’s essential to provide more information while maintaining age-appropriate language and sensitivity. Here are some tips on how to approach the topic.
Expand on previous knowledge. Build upon the foundation laid during the earlier years.
Expanded Verse Memorization. Encourage your child to continue memorizing and understanding life-affirming verses.
Utilize educational resources. Share age-appropriate videos or materials explaining fetal development and pregnancy stages. For example, you can watch “Your Life.” Before Birth,” a free 4-D sonogram video that pauses at different growth stages to answer questions.
Define abortion in simple terms. Explain abortion as when a pregnancy ends purposefully before the child is born. Avoid graphic details and focus on the concept of ending a life.
Emphasize the importance of protecting life. Discuss the development of babies in the womb, highlighting their ability to hear, taste, and smell. Reinforce the idea that each life is unique, precious, and deserving of protection.
Engage in age-appropriate pro-life activities. Visit a local pregnancy center as a family and learn more about their work. Attend local March for Life events where graphic posters are prohibited, allowing your child to be part of a peaceful demonstration for life. Encourage your child to start or join a pro-life club at their school to engage in discussions and initiatives promoting life’s sanctity.
Discuss healthy relationships. Talk about healthy and Godly relationships, emphasizing the importance of respect, love, and understanding. Use examples of couples your child knows demonstrating positive dating and marriage dynamics.
Encourage open dialogue. Create a safe space for your child to ask questions and express their thoughts and feelings. Answer their questions honestly and age-appropriately, and let them know that their curiosity and understanding are valued.
Teach empathy and understanding. Discuss the perspectives of people with different views on abortion. Encourage your child to approach disagreements with kindness, respect, and the willingness to listen and learn.
Gently share the truth about what abortion is and does when your child is ready.
Abortion is hard to explain to children with two loving parents. We recommend emphasizing that moms are often lied to or deceived into having an abortion by people who make money off abortion services. Moms (and dads) sometimes feel like they can’t afford a baby or won’t have any help.
That’s why it’s important that people know about pregnancy centers – so parents can see there are resources available to them at no cost.
Tailoring the information and discussions to your child’s emotional maturity and needs. Foster an environment of trust and understanding, allowing them to learn and grow in their knowledge of the value and sanctity of every human life.