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It is well known that in the mornings I wake up, stagger to my coffee pot and then go to my devotions. This helps me to get my day off to the right start. On those days that I break this routine, my day is far from productive and it most certainly not set up for success.
In our home, we are like many other homes and we are busy. From the time, the kids wake up till they go to bed we are on the move. This can prove to be very stressful for them and for me. It is for this reason that I set out to find a system that would work for them and that would help them all to have a successful day in all the various things that we have going on.
Ways to set your children’s day up for success:
- Allow them time to wake up before you begin to rush around. No one likes to rush around as soon as they get up. So it is unclear to me why we think our children would be able to be productive that way. I need my coffee to wake up and my children need their cuddle time to wake up. This means that I have to wake them up earlier if we have something that requires us to be mindful of the time.
- Provide them with a family breakfast. Now I will admit that 90 percent of the time my husband does not eat breakfast with us. This doesn’t mean that the rest of us can not join together at the table and conversate about the day’s events. This allows them to know what is happening during the day so that they can prepare themselves.
- Go over what is expected of them. My children need reminding almost daily of what our major rules are and what things around the home they are in charge of. We do this typically right after breakfast. We consider it a mini family meeting. This allows each child to commit to memory all that is required of them.
- Before doing anything productive, the kids are encouraged to invite God into their day through devotions. Currently, we are using Jesus Today Devotions for Kids by Sarah Young because it reminds the children they are loved and that God is with them all throughout the day. Not to mention the devotions are short so it really grabs their attention.
- Lead them in prayer. Leading them in prayer not only helps them learn to pray but is also reminds them once again that they need to invite God into their day.
We all want our kids to have successful days. I would love to know what ways that you ensure that your kids get the best possible start to their day.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
I would like to invite you to my Facebook group Christian Homemakers in Training where we dive into homemaking, motherhood, marriage and group devotions. After all, we all need a safe place to grow together, right?