Deuteronomy 6: 6-7
“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Are you a parent concerned about teaching your kids more about God? Looking for ways to connect with your children during busy weekdays? Put more of you and God in their days. Create memories while making your kids feel special with personalized Bible verses, notes, music, and other ideas to help you reach out and interact with your kids.
- Play music and/or sing along with your kids in the car-Ask them what their favorite songs are about Jesus or pick radio stations that play gospel or contemporary Christian music.
- Play their favorite tape, CD, or DVD in the car or at home. Listen, dance, play, or watch with them. My son’s favorites, in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s were Adventures in Odyssey, Veggie Tales, Bible Man, and Bible Stories.
- Schedule a weekly family night. Spend time in worship and/or reading the Bible. Play games like Bible Trivia or watch a movie that promotes Godly values. The last one we watched was “Courageous.” Check out your local library first for DVDs before renting or buying.
- Pray together as much as possible. Talk to each other about important topics and struggles going on in your lives. Ask for and give prayer requests. Write them down and keep the list in your purse, wallet, or notebook. Encourage your kids to do the same, if applicable. Then, during free moments in your day, pray for each other. Reconnect when you can to discuss how things are going, if anyone saw an answer to prayer, and what else is going on.
Free moments in your day to remember to pray can be:
* In the car waiting for traffic
*5 minutes during lunch time
*2 minutes before an appointment
I am sure you get the idea by now and can think of more.
- My number one idea is writing Bible verses and personal notes on a napkin or notepad, then putting it in their lunchbox or backpack. Always put an extra napkin in free of ink. My son would remind me, at times, not to forget to do this. He loved it and was excited every day to see what I wrote him. Apparently, it was a hit with his friends too. He told me they thought it was cool and wished their parents took the time to do the same thing.
So, whether you use any of these ideas or have some of your own, hopefully this article helped in getting your creative juices flowing on how to get more of God in your kids day while bringing you all closer together.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.