20 things to do for Lent, suggested by kids for kids

20 things to do for Lent, suggested by kids for kids

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We're just days away from the Christian observance of Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent. For non-Christians, it's a time to focus on personal betterment, if you wish.

I've done a variety of things and it makes me laugh to see how I've evolved. When I was younger, I wrote a note of encouragement to someone I love each day. A few years ago I sent Facebook messages and texts of encouragement to others. Last year I attempted to sign off my personal Facebook for 40 days!

This year I'm taking on the 40 bags in 40 days challenge. It's one our family can do together. While I won't have difficulty purging my things, I will struggle with working on it each day.

Earlier today, I taught my second grade Sunday school class and we talked about Lenten ideas. I told them that when I was their age I gave up watching Scooby Doo after school. It was my favorite cartoon and something I could control.

With previous classes, I've had to drag kids through this exercise that focuses on sacrifice, temptation, and dedication. Not this year! I wrote everything they said down on a white board and the list is impressive.

Photo: Melissa Byers

They were full of options and I want to share them with you!

  1. Give up TV or a favorite show
  2. Eat more vegetables
  3. Donate food
  4. Wake up five minutes early to pray
  5. Donate money for kids who get an allowance
  6. Give a compliment each day
  7. Go to mass
  8. Donate toys to the poor
  9. Give up your games
  10. Give up dessert
  11. Give up worrying
  12. Give up being lazy
  13. Pray for someone every day
  14. Donate books to kids who don't have any
  15. Do one extra chore per day
  16. Give up your bike
  17. Donate clothes that are too small
  18. Be nice every day
  19. Give up your scooter
  20. Spend extra time reading

There was one more option, but I refused to include, "Give up school" on the list!

These kids inspire me all the time and I hope their words have given you ideas to share with your little ones. No matter your religious affiliation or lack thereof, spending 40 days working on being a better person, whether physically or emotionally, is never a bad investment of time and effort.

Seeing that a group of 7-year-olds really get that makes me joyful!

Photo: Melissa Byers

our site Community members are talking about what they and their families are doing for Lent. Check out this post for more ideas. And here's another post for pregnant moms.

Opinions expressed by parent contributors are their own.

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