- Biblical Foundation: I believe the younger you can talk to them about The Bible, God and Jesus, the better. Deuteronomy 6: 6-7 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.N)’>
- OFFENSIVE Parenting: As the mother/father you know the anatomy of your family. You know what your children are struggling with. You can use this time to bring up issues that you want to have healthy dialog about when it is NOT in the heat of the moment. IE: your child easily loosing their temper, not sharing, hitting, etc Direct the conversation in the direction you think it needs to go, and explore why they are resorting to specific behavior by talking about it in a controlled environment. I call this offensive parenting… Not “Offensive” by offending, but “Offensive” by playing the offense. Strengthen your offensive approach to parenting so you don’t have to always resort to defensive parenting: “parenting in response to a negative action”.
- Prepping them for School: This is a great time to train your child to listen while you are talking, to take turns, and to know when to interject. It is great practice for their patience while a “lesson” is being given, and sets them up for success in school. At times you might have to redirect them 3, 4, or 5 times, but finishing the devotion is the most important. <<<--- This is why I think it is best to choose a SHORT and SWEET devotion. Nothing to long or in depth. Start small, and feel out the dynamic of your family.
|Cheap and easy, what could be better?!?|
- Read the devotion through.
- Child led discussion of the devotion.
- Finish eating breakfast.
- When they are ready to leave the table they must recite their memory verse to be excused. And, yes, my 2 year old can even do this!! The memory verses have always been very short, it is not a chore.
|My children have such big muscles.|
I just wanted to write this to encourage you to implement something this easy and short around your kitchen table. It takes little (to NO) planning, but what a sweet precious time it is. This is one way to “train” your child, by exposing them to the word and having active dialog about things that are eternally significant.
What do you DO? Let me know if anything has worked well for your family.
Thanks for reading. 🙂