Ages 10-14: Spiritual Development

We don’t always think of spiritual development as part of the overall process of growing up. But, as we mature, all humans spend time thinking about the meaning of life, why we are here, how we treat others and ourselves, and what we value. Our answers to these questions are always evolving, and they help shape our personal beliefs and personalities. It’s important to remember that spirituality can be expressed in a multitude of ways, regardless of the religious tradition that your family recognizes.

  • Kids in this age range begin to see contradictions in the world and in religious and spiritual beliefs. Many will confront and question these contradictions.
  • Some question or reject their childhood beliefs as they move beyond black-and-white thinking.
  • Some develop strong, even contradictory beliefs as they “try on” different ideas and beliefs.
  • Many begin to identify or develop interests or gifts about which they’re passionate. Learn more >
  • Many begin to rely more on friends and other adults to shape their spiritual beliefs and practices.
  • Many religious traditions have “intensive” religious training during these years to help kids sort through their beliefs.

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