This year for Lent, I am excited to prepare ourselves for Easter as a family! Usually my husband and I will do personal sacrifices or fasting, but this year we are going to work through Lent as a family, in an attempt to help teach our 5-year-old daughter about Lent and even simple techniques to just be a better person. We want her to see us giving and sacrificing in ways that she can relate to and practice as well. Therefore, I have created a “Lent Jar” for the entire family.
This was so simple to do – I spent a few minutes thinking of basic tasks or actions that would help us bond as a family and prepare ourselves for Easter. Even if you are not Christian, these tasks would still be wonderful to do as a family throughout any month. I typed them up on a sheet of paper and cut them out into slips and put them in a jar. Every day throughout the course of Lent, we will pull a slip out of the jar and do our best to make our little corner of the world a happier place!
I designed my tasks specifically for our 5-year-old, things that I was confident she could accomplish. You could easily adjust the items to make them more or less challenging for your family’s needs. This is a sampling of my slips, many of them I repeated to have enough items for 40 days.
I would love to hear if you have any family Lenten traditions, or if you happen to try mine!