The Evolution of our Morning Routine

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

We've been using this devotional book for years. I only have one preschooler now, but it still works for us - just in a different way.

It used to be that Jim went to work and the boys and I didn't have to be anywhere until their 9:00 a.m. school start. They woke up on their own, meandered down for breakfast in pjs and we had plenty of time to read our devotion. Oh, what luxury.

Now, my 1st grader gets up with an alarm and is out the door by 7:00 a.m. I usually eat a portion of my breakfast with him, and the rest of it an hour later with the preschooler. Sometimes Jim eats with one or both boys, too. Every morning looks a bit different, but we've managed to keep the devotional routine the same. One of us reads with whoever is at the table. 

The stories haven't come across as too babyish, yet. I ask Mr. 1st Grade to read the title and the Bible verse at the end. He answers the questions as we read along and usually has something to say about the lesson. For my preschooler, we focus on the date - getting him to "read" it and say it correctly, "Today is Wednesday, September 11th, 2013*," for example. 

I find that establishing "What day is it?" at the beginning of the day helps orient all of us. You'd be surprised (or maybe not) how many times I exclaim, "Oh wait! It's Wednesday. That means your library books are due back" - or whatever. 

More than the date, of course, or practicing reading, the best part of this routine is that it remains. No matter what changes (and I'm sure the book will at some point), we have established a family tradition: We read a devotional book at breakfast. Small traditions like these create common ground, and hopefully contribute to the boys' sense of what it means to be part of our family. 
Do you have a family mealtime tradition? Has it evolved over time?

*As I reflect on what day it is, I remember that day 12 years ago. Prayers for our country, especially today.

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