Well friends, we have officially declared the month of February FAMILY PRAYER FEBRUARY, and we have to say that it got off to a pretty awesome start today. Our guests for Episode 3 were Chris and Jen Vickers, parishioners at Saint John XXIII.
The Vickers were able to provide some great insights with their own experience of praying with their 3 year old, Julia, and 18 month old, Sam. Here are some highlights from our discussion:
- Prayers of Thanksgiving are some of the best prayers you can teach your child
- Don't be afraid to pray throughout the day for patience in dealing with your children
- Guacamole is a sacred food that should be consumed by everyone
- Praying before meals is important
- Creating a bedtime routine around prayer is an important piece of a family's prayer life
- The most important thing you can teach your child is to love God. Everything else will come with time.
- Don't let prayer become a laundry list like kids make for Santa Claus.
Of course we covered a lot of other topics too, so be sure to listen to the entire episode to catch them.
Michael mentioned the book "A Parent's Guide to Prayer" by Kathy Hendricks a few times throughout the course of this episode. It is a VERY quick read and provides great background for family prayer. You can find a copy of the book here.
Inside you will find different types of prayer, information about your children's development, and motivations for you to grow in your own prayer life.
On our next episode we will continue with FAMILY PRAYER FEBRUARY as we take a look at praying with older children. Episode 4 will be released on February 24.
[Episode 3 Challenge]
Create a prayer routine with your children each day. Teach them different forms of prayer: Petition, Thanksgiving, Adoration, Contrition, etc.
Don't allow your children to confuse their prayers with a list for Santa Claus.
As always, we want to hear from you! Leave your family prayer rituals and methods for praying with young children below!