If you are a Christian parent, you have a duty to God, to your children, and to yourself to bring up your children in knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.
In other words, your parental duty is to engage in Christian enculturation. You must teach your child what the Bible teaches and how your child must live as a Christian in today’s American culture.
It is important during the Passion Week (the Holy Week) for parents to teach their children the importance of thinking about the suffering of Jesus Christ.
During the Passion Week, you should not do any “fun” activities with your children. It sends the wrong message. During the Passion Week, you must engage your children in activities that help them to learn more about Jesus Christ and reflect on the suffering of Christ.
You can have your children watch the movie, “The Passion of the Christ” by Mel Gibson and have a discussion with them.
(1) Ask them how they feel after watching the movie.
(2) Ask them what they feel about Jesus Christ after the movie.
(3) Ask them to write a 1 page essay on their feelings.
You should have activities during the week, leading to Easter, that involve your children in thinking and talking about the suffering of Jesus Christ.
Would you party it up during the anniversary of the death of your child due to car accident or drug abuse overdose?
It is important that you do no “fun” activities with your children during the Passion Week. This itself is good parenting that will impress upon your children that it is important to love Jesus Christ and remember Christ’s suffering.
Children’s spring break is often during the week before Easter. In this case, you cannot have any “fun” with your children or engage in any “fun activity”, such as bowling, fishing, family vacationing, during the Passion Week. If you want to have a family “fun” vacation during your child’s spring break from school, then ask the school board to make the spring vacation week, the week after Easter. After Easter, you can do “fun” activities and go on family vacations.
You can also watch Sermon videos related with “Atonement of Christ” or “Death of Christ” by Bible-centered preachers with your children, every night of the Passion Week, and discuss the sermon with your children. You have to be a Christian parent to your children. That must be what your children must remember about you when they become adults with their own family.