We all remember how grim Lent was when we were kids, and we'd prefer our kids to have a more positive experience.


If your child has made the commitment to give up something or help out more, you can help them along the way.


Your child can benefit from Lent by learning about willpower and determination.



They shouldn't feel as though they're making a sacrifice just for the sake of it.


1. Encourage a realistic goal

Your child may declare they are not going to eat a single morsel of junk food, but this can come crashing down pretty fast. 


Encourage them to pick one treat they enjoy, and challenge them to go without this for the duration of Lent. 


A realistic goal is more likely to have a good outcome.




2. Don't berate them if they have a slip-up

Remember how hard Lent was when you were a child?


Put yourself in your child's shoes, and acknowledge the fact that they are making a big sacrifice.



3. Try a different resolution

Chances are, if your child has done Lent a few times, they're fed up of it. 


So, try a new challenge, such as donating some of their pocket money to charity, helping out at home, or having less screen time.



4. Set a good example

Make sure you and your partner sacrifice something, also; it could be stopping smoking, or giving up takeaways for a while.


Your kids will definitely let you know if you aren't sticking to your promise!



5. Encourage your child when they're struggling

If your child is having a really hard time, offer them lots of encouragement and remind them of how far they have come. 


This will help their willpower immensely.



6. Promise a reward at the end

Most kids gorge themselves senseless on sweets and chocolate on Easter Sunday, but you could also have a family day out or a fun activity planned.


It's important for your child to learn that sacrifice can lead to genuine rewards - it's a good lesson for later in life. 


You can use a reward chart to track their progress.



7. Allow a break for special occasions

If there's a birthday or other special occasion, allow your child a break. 


The temptation would be way too hard to get through!



8. Remind them of the good they are doing

If they've given up sweets, tell them how good this is for their teeth


Or, if they're donating pocket money, compliment them on their generosity. 



Positive reinforcement is key in these situations.