family time is precious to us.
we have worked hard to preserve as much time with our little family as possible, trying to eliminate too many nights out.
meal times together are by far the most important time for us. we’re still not at a stage where we just sit around the table and talk. it usually consists more of things like this: “take your foot off the table”, “tummy to the table”, “buns or knees”, “don’t lean across the table”, “stop switching seats”, and “don’t touch your sister!”.
so how do we make that time valuable? we play highs and lows, but we also have a time of devotion. we read little visit with god. the stories are totally understandable, even by silas, at 3 1/2, and still relevant for gracie, who is almost 8. each section has a verse, a story, questions, and a prayer.
the kids love this book! they ask for it before sean has even had a chance to finish his dinner. the stories almost always encourage questions beyond the prompts, and are good segways into deeper conversation.
another time we take advantage of is our homeschool time. we homeschool 3 days a week and we always start our days with singing “this is the day” (as suggested by my sister-in-law), and read from the child’s story bible. it is a really great version of the bible. very accurate, yet difficult to understand passages are explained in language that even the littlest ones can comprehend. we’re reading about the passover right now and they are really understanding it! a bonus: i’m even understanding the passages better!
so do you have devotional time with your kids? what do you do?