Do you pray as a family before your children's bedtime? If not, I think you should try it.
A regular prayer time starts instilling good prayer habits in our kids, and helps them to realize that they can talk to God about anything and everything. Also, just a few minutes talking to your kids about their day, their triumphs, failures, joys and worries, can bring you closer as a family and help you to understand their needs.
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In my next few posts, I plan to discuss some of the ways that we can bring our children closer to God by making prayer more of a part of their lives. We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 that we are to "pray without ceasing". Starting habits of prayer early in your children's lives can help to lead them down the path of regular daily prayer as they mature in faith.
Several mornings recently, we've decided to go for a hike in the local hills and mountains. Our kids love exploring new places, and hikes are a great way to burn off some of their seemingly never-ending energy as well as develop their appreciation for God's creation. Taking a family hike is also one of the activities on our Summer Passport.
Recently we took a short morning trip to San Juan Capistrano to visit the historic mission there. The Mission at San Juan Capistrano is called "The Jewel of the Missions", and is a beautiful and fulfilling way to spend a morning or afternoon.
Reading can be a great way to spend some time during the summer, as kids probably don't have a lot of time to read for enjoyment during the school year (especially in the higher grades)! Reading can also help prevent the "summer slide". We included "Read a Good Catholic Book" on our list of activities for our Summer Passport Project, and linked to a list compiled by a Catholic mom (at Catholic.com here). Below we've listed some additional books that we think are great for developing kids' faith.
-> Daily Readings
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