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Repentance sometimes sounds scary or confusing to children and teens. Here are some tips for teaching repentance in a loving, empowering way.

  1. Keep it simple. You can teach your children that “when we sin, we turn away from God,” but “when we repent, we turn back toward God.”1 We can turn back toward God by recognizing our wrongs, making things right, and trying hard to do better.
  2. Focus on the positive. No matter what, “repentance is always positive.”2 It’s not a punishment for bad behavior; it’s an opportunity to try again and draw closer to God. Encourage your children to think about what they’re doing right and how they can do more of that.
  3. Emphasize the everyday. Repentance is for little sins as much as for big ones. Daily repentance means frequent correction, like a ship maintaining a course. Help your children recognize the small ways they can improve each day.
  4. Make room for mistakes. 

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