For many Christians, baptism occurs at a young age, but confirmation takes place several years later — often when the child is a teenager. Your church will generally have a specific approach to confirmation, which may include having your child attend a series of classes at the church. Even though perhaps several decades have passed since your confirmation, it's nice to get involved in the process by talking to your child about what he or she is learning as the child strengthens his or her Christian foundation. Here are some specific topics that you can go over.
What Christianity Means
Ask your teenagers what Christianity means to them. This is a good question to pose because of how open-ended it is. Your children can answer in a variety of ways, and this can be a good exercise for them to think about their faith and the role that it plays in their identity. Getting your child thinking about what their faith means to them isn't just a way to prepare them for their confirmation — it can also help them to develop a deeper understanding of their faith, which will help to guide them through their teenage years.
What They Appreciate
You should also think about asking your teens what they appreciate about being Christian. This isn't an opportunity to perhaps put down other religions, but to rather be thankful for the many positive attributes that are a part of their faith. Asking this question opens the door to an interesting discussion about the many merits of the Christian faith, and it may bring your awareness to certain things that you perhaps hadn't previously considered. For example, your teen might mention how he or she appreciates that many Christian-focused charities help people all around the world, and perhaps even express a desire to get involved in one of these charities.
How Christianity Will Shape Their Lives
Give your teens the opportunity to think forward a few years about how Christianity will shape their lives as they get older. You likely want your teens to maintain an active connection to their faith not only through high school, but also when they attend college, and in their life beyond. For example, your teen may talk about wanting to join a Christian students' group while away at college and perhaps even find a different Christian church to attend on Sundays.