How to teach your child to be spiritual

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How to teach your child to be spiritual

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I think every religion has some different way to get people to have a relationship with God, spirit, whatever you want to call it. For us, for my family, it’s through Roman Catholicism. I have so many friends in other faith traditions that try to make that connection with God, with their fellow human beings to find meaning in their life. So I think we’re all really struggling with that and it’s important to acknowledge that. I think we’re all trying to get to that same place. I think if your kids see that and see that you are in a routine that they will then look at that routine, question it I hope but then ultimately follow if not that routine another routine that gets them into a closer relationship with God. For me, my mom and dad went to mass every day. And I think even though a lot of people thought they were so-called “big shots” important people, they got on their knees every day and asked God for help. I think that’s important. Because they realized they weren’t in charge. They needed help every day. They needed guidance every day. They needed whatever God was giving them. And I think it’s important for a kid to see that. And I hope our kids pick that up as well. That even though they think their mom and dad are smart and in charge and maybe in control of things, they’re not. Because I don’t think we are. I think it’s important that the kids realize that. And if they get a better way to make that connection to God, I’m proud of them.

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Mark K. Shriver

Sr. VP, Save the Children

Mark K. Shriver is President of Save the Children Action Network, where he leads an effort to mobilize Americans to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths globally and to ensure that every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early childhood education. Shriver’s career fighting for social justice in advocacy and service organizations, as well as elected office, has focused on advancing the right of every child to a safe and vibrant childhood.

Shriver joined Save the Children in 2003, serving as Senior Vice President for U.S. Programs until 2013. In that capacity, he created and oversaw the agency’s early childhood education, literacy, health, and emergency preparedness and response programs in the United States.

Shriver was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994 to 2002. In 1988, he founded the innovative Choice Program, which serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling.

Shriver received his B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross in 1986 and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1993. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and their three children.

Shriver’s New York Times and Washington Post best-selling memoir, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, was published in June 2012 by Henry Holt.

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