Boy do I feel ill equiped for my motherhood vocation right now. I was raised in a non-religious Episcopalian household in a totally secular environment. My husband is FIRMLY lapsed and I’ve only been blessed to be in the Church for less than two years. We are fortunate to live in a parish with its own lovely school so that is where we have enrolled our oldest in preK. I’ve really been praying for the school to help me show her God’s love because I don’t get any backup at home and don’t have any examples from my own upbringing to guide me (besides some good “what not to do” whoppers, LOL), so I feel like I’m flubbing it, basically. I suppose my first step should be to put my foot down that we ALL go to Mass TOGETHER, huh?
Step by step as the Domestic Church you will get there, put your heart and head into it. Start off by teaching the children to say Grace before every meal.
Here’s your first step:
Bless us Oh Lord and these Thy gifts for which we are about to receive from Thy Bounty, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
They will forever associate their earliest prayers with yummy food and you will have hit the celestial ball out of the park on your first step. Give them lots of hugs and cuddle them while you teach them prayers. You are the primary educator in their lives. From the early days I told my kids right away there there was an invisible side to them, their souls, that would never ever die because God loved them so much and that they were Baptized. We had many wonderful conversations about God. Since young children have a natural ability to grasp this on their level at the preschool age, it will give them a basis to understand the catechesis that will come with school.
Look at some of the materials used in the Catholic homeschooling community as support aides. This is one site I recall from over a decade ago but google for others:
Then for the 2nd step start teaching them to say the Our Father and the Hail Mary. Don’t be afraid - it will flow naturally once you start. You were born for this.