4 Unusual Things I Do With My Children

Did you know that there are things that you do that are unique to you and your family?

You may struggle to think of them since they come so naturally to you, or have been passed on from your own childhood and seem ordinary. But they’re not. They’re special, and meaningful, and beautiful!

I truly believe that when you realise just how special your family is, and how the Lord is blessing your marriage and your children during these years, your heart will overflow in thankfulness to Him. Every good and perfect gift is from above (James 1:17), which includes the gifts of family traditions, united vision, and the little everyday sparkles that make your family an original and precious masterpiece.

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Following are 4 unusual things I do with my children:

I sing my prayers

Each night as I put my children to bed, I sing a prayer. Now, believe me, I am no Celine Dion, so thankfully a gorgeous voice with faultless pitch are not requirements. All you actually need for this mesmerizing practice are two virtual props:

  • Words you’d normally pray, and
  • A familiar tune – I’ve been known to put my prayers to the tunes of Titanic, 80’s hits, and Eensy Weensy Spider! Just pick one and pray away :-).

(Funnily enough, I was babysitting a friend’s children recently, and prayer-sang to them when they went to bed. Apparently for days after the fact, they were begging their parents to sing their bedtime prayers to them :-))

Car Dates

I try to take each of my children out on a date regularly. I go out once a week with our 14 year old after her piano lesson as she needs this time with me, while I space the younger ones out more (fortnightly or monthly).

My first stop with my son or daughter is our local supermarket. I give the child a budget and let them loose to choose all the goodies that their sweet heart desires, as long as they stay within their budget. (They’ve had a lifetime of brainwashing that they should always choose the healthier options, so while a chocolate is almost always among their chosen treats, the other items are usually pretty nutritious).

Stop 2, we drive to a special spot (or alternate between a few) where we sit in our parked car, eat the yummies and talk to our hearts’ content. I make a point of parking in a place with a lovely pastoral view, which isn’t hard to come by where we live in New Zealand. The children love it, and there are so many advantages, such as knowing how much we’ll spend each week, not having to rush out of a café because it’s closing, laughing and crying as loudly as we want, among others.

Plan For the Day

Each evening, I prepare for the next day (one of the incredibly helpful tips I learned from the Make Over Your Mornings Online Course – super highly recommended!)

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As part of this process, I write the following, as an example, on a white board in our kitchen for the children to check when the get up:

Breakfast

Oatmeal

Morning Tea

Fruit kebabs

Lunch

Pumpkin soup and home baked bread

Afternoon Tea

Popcorn

Dinotion (Dinner + Devotion)

Roast beef, mashed potatoes and salad

Plan

1:30pm          Drama

4:45pm          Aviel goes to Dr. Morton

7:30pm          Home Group at our place

I can’t put into words just how much more relaxed and peaceful our children are when they know what to expect (especially since their primary love language is food :-))

I know it looks as if they have five meals a day, but actually they only have one meal (continuous) :-).

Of course, our children know that they need to stay flexible throughout the day and realise by now that unforeseen events will come up. But on the whole, having this framework helps them, and certainly helps me stay on track, too!

‘Good’ versus ‘Godly’

There is one phrase we never use with our children, and that is to ‘be good’. ‘Be good’ is simply not a part of our vocabulary as parents. Instead, we encourage them to ‘be godly.’ Tweet that

While being ‘good’ is an external and visible state of behavior, being ‘godly’ encapsulates everything my husband and I have ever taught them about living righteous lives in the Lord. It spans being obedient to honouring, patient to polite, humble to holy, and everything in between!

The blessing in this is that when (not if :-)) they were not godly during the day, we are able to target their hearts rather than their behavior. We would tell them that their hearts could have been more submissive to their parents which would have resulted in more respect, or that it would have been a better witness to others around them at the potluck lunch if they were more generous, rather than greedy.

If you think about it, if all you’re using is the ‘be good’ requirement, there’s only one way to go – be better… and teaching moments for biblical content become instantly more limited and often lost.

So, my friend, these are just some of the more uncommon activities that are characteristic of our family.

I would absolutely love to hear yours! Please post them in the comments below so that we can all learn and possibly borrow some wisdom 🙂.


 

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103 Responses to 4 Unusual Things I Do With My Children

  1. Betty says:

    I like the local supermarket. That is awesome. Children love to pick out their own vegetables or fruits.

  2. Belinda says:

    I love your car date idea. Might have to pinch that one.

  3. Ugochi says:

    I really love the car dates too! I need to schedule deliberate dates for my children as they are growing older. Those memories and lessons learnt from each other would be cherished for ever.
    Many thanks for sharing this.
    Do have a super blessed day!
    Love

    • womenabiding says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Ugochi! I know that our children really do appreciate the time we spend with them. Those moments are never wasted time, but always draw us closer to one another. You’re a blessing!

  4. Long Ladies says:

    My parents take us out for date dinners for our birthdays. There are ten of us at home so that’s quite a bit. Plus Mom occasionally takes the littles to the store if she feels like she hasn’t spent quality time with them lately.

    Thank you for sharing this!
    ~Haley

    • womenabiding says:

      Thank you so much for your comment, Haley! Sounds as though you are super blessed with such loving parents. I really treasure you leaving a comment. Thank you for your encouragement! xoxo

  5. Godly versus good – I love the way you explained that!!! What a fabulous concept that I will be adopting! Thanks so much for sharing at Waiting on…Wednesday! Hope to see you back next week!

  6. Karen says:

    I love creative ideas to build memories with my kids. I still try to do it even though my kids are 22, 20, 16 & 14. They are never too old to have their mom and dad tell them they are special!

  7. Heaven says:

    I love the being godly bit. Such a great way to look at things. I also date my children. The four older ones take turns going out with me over the month. One a week. The two at home get me all the time so I don’t worry about them yet. It’s always nice to have one-on-one time. Great post. Pinning and following you there!

  8. Jann Olson says:

    So great to notice the things that make our families unique. I try to point things out to my grands. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  9. I like the idea of the car date. It can be hard to get the teenager to talk, and I think this might be helpful. Getting her one on one with no other distractions is the best way to get her to open up. I try to take her to lunch when I can, and have success that way, but this sounds like a nice alternative

    • womenabiding says:

      I’m so glad my idea may work for you, Jeremy. May God grant you continual wisdom, patience, strength, and grace, as you reach out to your teen daughter…

  10. Sharita says:

    These ideas are so cool. I love the date one and the planning idea. I might just be implementing these into my parenting style as my daughter gets older! Thank you!

  11. My teen daughter’s favorite thing to do was “drive around”…we would go wherever she wanted and talk about whatever she wanted…sweet memories…many blessings to you and your family ❤️

    • womenabiding says:

      Yes, similar to our car dates… Getting our teens into that place where there’s nowhere to run, and nothing to do but talk and share openly… The car can be a Godsend for our relationships with these ones who need us so desperately during these sensitive years. xoxo

  12. Carrie says:

    When my girls were in a private preschool, they were taught a Johnny Appleseed song to pray before snack time. We’ve taken that song and many years later are still singing it together at meals and before bed 🙂

  13. Amanda says:

    I love this and I love doing unusual things with with my children as well. It makes for beautiful memories! God bless you! Visiting you from the Sharing His Beauty link up.

    • womenabiding says:

      Hey Amanda! Great to hear from you my new, sweet friend! Thank you for your comment. You’re right, these little, unusual things we do are the very fabric of the memories we’re making with our children! 🙂

  14. I love that you sing your prayers. How joyous that must be for them. And car dates. So fun!

  15. JES says:

    This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing this on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! 🙂

  16. Emma says:

    I wish these things weren’t so unusual! I especially love the car date idea – you’re making some wonderful memories for all of you!

  17. Oh my goodness, I love this! My family’s love language is food, too! 🙂 I am weird by nature, so pretty much everything I do with my family is outside the realm of usual. I have a couple crazy songs I play on the computer if I know the morning is off to a rough start. And I have “titles” for every weekday to pull us along through the week: Make-It-Through-Monday; Totally Tuesday (because, thank God, it’s totally NOT Monday); Happy Hump Day; Thank-Goodness-It’s-Thursday; and Finally Friday. And on it goes. Thanks for sharing your list…stopping by from Women With Intention!

    • womenabiding says:

      Well clearly if your family’s love language is food, too, we’ll get along great, Elizabeth 🙂 You are sooooo awesome to have all these fantastic touches that make your family cool and unique! Truly an inspiration to us all! So glad to have had you here at Women Abiding! Do stop by again and share your wisdom and experience with us all… Love xoxo

  18. Anastasia says:

    Car dates made me laugh. That’s a good idea, unusual maybe, but we should be aiming to date our children. This is an area I need to grow in when my children get older.

    • womenabiding says:

      Glad you liked it, Anastasia 🙂 Sometimes the unique or unusual/crazy ideas are the ones that actually stick and our children remember. You’re a blessing, sister! xoxo

  19. Lindsey says:

    This is very special. You are raising blessed children.

  20. You are an incredible mama. My husband traveled for business quite a bit and employed the ‘date’ idea with our sons. I used car time to have meaningful coversations with each of them when I would shuttle. I love the grocery idea, that you purchased and consumed right away. Such a great idea on so many levels. I’m a first time visitor from Intentionally Pursuing link up. Thank you for sharing your uniqueness!

    • womenabiding says:

      Hey Bonny! Thank you for your most kind words. And welcome, welcome, welcome! Do stop by again. Sounds as though you have this mommy thing down beautifully, and that you’re making the most of the moments you have with your children to invest in your relationship with them. Keep up the wonderful work you’re doing. Such a joy and honour to be in the trenches with you! Have a lovely day! xoxo

  21. I love “Dinotion”! And I agree that a plan that the kids can see makes such a difference in overall peacefulness. Kids love routine and knowing what’s coming next.

  22. Mary Hill says:

    My dad use to take me on car dates too. My most memorable one is where he drove me around town and showed me all the houses that he roofed. I was proud he helped so many home owners have solid roofs over their heads. Today, I spend time reading and sharing fav websites with my daughter. 🙂

    • womenabiding says:

      Awwww, how special, Mary. I love how you have that memory with your dad, and how you have found the time and invested the heart into spending quality time with your daughter. Your heart is beautiful! <3

  23. Mary Hill says:

    PS thanks for linking up with us at Literacy Musing Mondays. I enjoyed your tips.

  24. Judy Goddard says:

    When our children were babies we decided we didn’t want to introduce them to Santa, Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy. So, instead we introduced them to the Tooth Gorilla and the Easter Gorilla.

    We wanted them to have the fun of fantasy but to make it silly enough that they would know the difference. So, for us, the Gorilla was the perfect solution.

    • womenabiding says:

      🙂 That’s really an interesting twist, Judy. You’re very creative, and I’m sure your idea led to meaningful discussions when your children got older. Thank you so much for sharing, and God bless you today and always 🙂

  25. Holly Brown says:

    These are fantastic ideas, thanks so much for giving more wonderful suggestions on connecting with kids and for linking this up us at Grace & Truth!

    • womenabiding says:

      Hey Holly! I’m sure if we all shared the cool things we do with our children, we’d have a ball learning heaps of new things from each other. May God bless you as you lead your young ones to Him! <3

  26. Elizabeth says:

    I love that you prayer sing. I’ve actually done that in my private prayer time, sung my heart to the Lord, but never tried it with my children when they were young or our grandchildren now.

    • womenabiding says:

      Hi Elizabeth. I love the name of your blog – Just Following Jesus! It really says it all – and so beautifully! Glad I could be of service in providing an idea for you to implement for your future generations… God bless you, lovely one xoxo

  27. Misty says:

    I really love that you sing prayers.. We sing a lot in our home but I never thought of singing prayers to familiar tunes.. What a great way to get the little ones to engage:) I hope you and your family have a wonderful week!

    • womenabiding says:

      Hi Misty! If you sing a lot in your home, that probably means you’re much better at it than we are 🙂 May God bless you as you raise up your beautiful children to be lovers of God! xox

  28. JES says:

    Just a little note to let you know that this post was FEATURED today on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! Have a lovely week! 🙂 And thank you for joining us!

  29. I love that you plan your day with your children… good idea. I took the Make Over Your Mornings class too and found it so helpful – I’ll have to include my children in that process too!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

    • womenabiding says:

      God bless you, Jennifer! Always love hearing from you. I haven’t actually reached the very end of the course, but am close, and my mornings have already been completely transformed. Big hug! xox

  30. Love this! My daughters are in preschool (homeschooling) so we are just starting to incorporate fun traditions and such. Love your car date idea! I will definitely be doing that with my oldest soon. 🙂

    Alyssa (visiting from #TellHisStory)

    • womenabiding says:

      Yay for homeschooling!!! 🙂 So excited about you adopting this for your daughters, Alyssa! I’m sure they will enjoy it as much as my children do. God bless you, beautiful friend!!! xoox

  31. I love the idea of encouraging them to be godly, rather than good, and how that gives the opportunity to focus on the heart issue rather than the behavior. That’s so important!

    Found you over at Women With Intention. 🙂

    • womenabiding says:

      Thanks, Kathie… Yes, ‘godly’ just encompasses so much more of what is lasting and important, doesn’t it? Sometimes those tiny tweaks to our words can really make a difference in our homes. So much appreciate you stopping by! xoox

  32. Lynet says:

    wow! good vs godly! i will have to start changing our words now…thank you for this.
    one of our things is cuddling. this is how we spend quality time with one another. in the mornings, after we wake up for school, we set 5 minutes to cuddle and just hold each other. my kids are still small, but i know they love it as their love language is touching.
    we also go on dates, but as a family.
    Found you through the SHINE blog hop!

    • womenabiding says:

      Oh how beautiful, Lynet!!!! Cuddling! That is something your little ones will always treasure and cherish, even as they grow up. I love that!!! I am convicted to cuddle my beautiful children more now… Hope to see you again around these parts! 🙂 You’ve contributed so much! xoxo (P.S. you have such a beautiful blog!)

  33. I love that you sing your prayers! We pray together as a family, and every so often one of the kids will want to sing their prayers. But I haven’t tried it myself.

  34. Esther says:

    Hi Tehila,
    I feel like I have been neglecting your blog for ages, but I see you have plenty of others to fill the lack of encouragement from Waipawa.
    You asked to share what OUR family uniquenesses are. I will try to limit it to 4 as you have done as I don’t want to take over your blog?!!
    1) We celebrate the Biblical feasts albeit in a rather ignorant gentile way: Shabbat is pretty standard, but for Shofars we eat trumpet icecreams (home-made if possible); We endure the mozzies to sleep in our Sukkah which we build around the scaffolding frame; We try to stay up all night and study the scriptures while feasing on cheesboards and cheese cake, during Shavuot (we have never quite made it until dawn, but the intention is there.) We do Chanukah each year and once or twice had fires as a result of leaving the menorah’s unattended!

    2) We have an “undie show room” This is the ONLY room in the house where members are allowed to wear underwear without top clothes (not counting bedrooms and bathrooms). The implication is that in all other places modest covering up of our most attractive body parts will be maintained. Phrases like “_____! This is NOT the undie show room!” can be periodically heard, along with a space made for people to parade their latest pretty bras without the risk of customers spying!

    3) Instead of Christmas and annual birthday celebrations we celebrate NEW Year with present giving in New Year pillowcases. There is absolutely no logical reason for this. It comes from my husband’s reluctance to give up Christmas stockings, however it is a fun time of generosity and blessing for us all which allows us to make use of the Boxing day sales ;^)

    4) Serial stories as family entertainment. Before we were married Craig and I decided that we would not have TV gobbling up all our time. Instead we are a family who share books together as a family. We have an extensive library, but some of the best books, although classics, do not get read because they are boring covers and use language a little beyond the young readers skill. Because I delight in these fabulous examples of English literature, and because they often contain profound morals and great Christian role models, I read them expressively to my children in the evenings (and sometimes when we should be doing chores :^( or other kinds of school work). Presently we are reading Bronte’s “Jane Eyre”, and I am delighted by the depth of insight my children have in our discussions over the choices that our heroine and other characters make during the course of the story. Even the teenagers love listening in and complain if we have read on without them!

    I hope these ideas will be a blessing to you and others as they have been to us. I love yours too tehila. You are such a delightful ideas person! Your blogs really help me not to miss you so much (or perhaps to miss you more…)! I have just about committed myself to making a (red)blackboard for the weekly menu plan, so with a little adaptation I shall reserve some space for the daily appointments too. That was a good/godly idea.
    Great timing, thank you LORD!

    • womenabiding says:

      You are absolutely amaaaaaazing Esther! Thank you for sharing these inspiring and beautiful traditions that you have in your family. You’ve clearly invested so much thought, effort and love into them! Your children are truly blessed to call you their mama!!! Love and hugs galore!!! xoxoxoxo

  35. Christy says:

    This is so great thank you for sharing! I have three little girls and I’m always wanting to spend individual time with each of them, I just need to be a bit more intentional about it. I love how you sing prayers over them too! Visiting you from Friday Frivolity.

    • womenabiding says:

      Hey Christy! I so much agree with you, it definitely takes intentionality and I hear ya, sis, about spending more individual time with our children (cry of my heart!)… May the Lord truly bless you as you seek to be a wonderful mama… sounds like your little girls truly are blessed to have you!!! xoxo

  36. Fantastic ideas! I love Make Over Mornings – such a fabulous course!

  37. Sarah Eliza says:

    I love your thoughtfulness in making every day special for your family! The car dates are my favorite I think. 😉

  38. These unusal things you do with your kids are amazing! I love the ahead planning for the next daya and writing it down for them to check, what a great habit! And the car dates are such a fun thing to do as well, especially when they get older and need some talking time in a quiet place! Have a great Monday!!!

    • womenabiding says:

      Thanks Katrin! I’m sure you have some awesome things that you do with your children as well! It’s fun to think through them and write them down… 🙂 God bless you, dear friend! xoxo

  39. Stasia says:

    Love the not using the phrase “being good.” We try not to, but it slips out of our mouths! What a good reminder!

    • womenabiding says:

      It does take getting used to, Stasia, but after a while, I found that our children actually corrected me when I slipped and said the ‘good’ instead of the ‘godly’ word 🙂 Keep at it 🙂

  40. You make a lot of great points. I will have to think about what is unique to us/our family and make my own list – I think that would be a lot of fun to look back on a few years from now when life has changed and the kids are older. I really like your grocery store/car date idea. I run my kids to a lot of different activities now and it would be great to grab some time alone with them to connect.

    I am co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty link party this month and would love to have you stop by for a visit. The current party closes tonight but another one will be opening on Friday. http://alaynascreations.co/2015/11/06/home-matters-linky-party-62/

    • womenabiding says:

      Hi Alayna! Firstly, I will definitely start linking up on your site… thank you so mud for the personal invitation 🙂 Secondly, I love your heart’s desire to spend alone time with your children. I really believe each child, no matter how old they are, needs that alone time with their parents… it strengthens the relationship, builds trust and openness, and also lays a foundation of friendship for the future… God bless you as you seek to invest in your children! 🙂

  41. Kristine says:

    Oh, these are so great! This really struck a cord with me. Since my son is 15, it seems like those fun family traditions are fading. He no longer wants to do some of the silly things we used to do together. But instead of letting myself get sad, I just need to find new things for us to do together – new traditions that his more ‘grown up’ self can appreciate! Glad I stopped by today from #rara linkup!

    • womenabiding says:

      So glad you like these ideas, Kristine. Oh, I think the car dates would definitely be a hit with your son. Out of all our children, the one that finds the quality time the most special is our 14 year old daughter. She so much looks forward to our times together in the car 🙂 I too have had to adapt with how I connect with my children as new stages of their lives began, tweens… teens… etc. We need to be pretty adaptable as parents, don’t we? I love your heart to reach out to your son… He is one blessed boy! xoxo

  42. I stumbled upon your post while linking up at the Teaching What is Good link up party, and I am so happy that I did! I absolutely love the car dates idea. I think my 7 year old daughter would really appreciate this, and I know we would have a blast! I am going to start applying your morning organization tips. Thank you for this post! God Bless!

    • womenabiding says:

      Hi beautiful Talitha! So lovely to have you here, my sweet new friend! I truly think the car date idea is suitable for pretty any age! Definitely a 7 year old would appreciate it and find it fun. God bless you lovely one! xoxo

  43. Jerralea says:

    What a lot of great ideas! I loved your words, “I truly believe that when you realise just how special your family is, and how the Lord is blessing your marriage and your children during these years, your heart will overflow in thankfulness to Him.” which ties into the thankfulness theme here at The Loft this month.

    Thanks for reminding me how special my family is!

  44. danielle says:

    CAR DATE!!! Genius

  45. Amanda says:

    I don’t really feel like these are unusual at all. I’m so glad to see I’m not the only one that plans days out with children 🙂 I found your blog through LivingInThisSeason, and I love it !

    • womenabiding says:

      Thanks for your comment, Amanda. Planning our days has made a huge difference to our lives as a family. Don’t know why we didn’t do it before 🙂 Maybe that’s why I feel it’s unusual 🙂 Loved having you stop by at Women Abiding .. xoxo

  46. Jamie says:

    What great ideas to do as a family!! Spending time together is so important! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  47. Cat says:

    I love your ideas! I especially like the idea of car dates. I should start doing those with my boys.

  48. Jennifer says:

    What great traditions you have with your family. I love the one on one time and the posting of your menu and schedule. Thanks so much for linking through Raising Homemakers.

  49. Wendy says:

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  50. Shawn Wade says:

    I love reading new ideas to do with the kids-especially for older kids , as mine are all growing up!! Just wanted to share an idea I do with my 13 year old and 9 year old. I bought some journals and didnt tell them and on the first page I explained this was our own personal journal that only we read and just between us. I told them we didnt have to do it every night only when we wanted to and we could write something funny that happened in our day, or a worry or draw a picture or whatever they wanted. We could put it on each others pillows and surprise each other. They love it so much!! I don’t want it to replace them talking to me of course but I thought maybe if they had a worry they’d write about it and then I could talk to them about it. I also think it will be something special to them to look back on. We usually write back and forth a few times a week. Just thought i’d share!!!!

    • womenabiding says:

      Shawn!!! You are awesome! This is such a beautiful idea and you’re right, it’s an amazing piece of written history to look back on and that will no doubt forever be treasured by your children! You’re an inspiration! xoxo

  51. Memee says:

    I love your car date and how it becomes a DIY educational experience for the kids (DIY because you’re letting them figure it out on their own.)

    Sounds like a wonderful date that you both get to look forward too.

    Blogger’s Pit Stop attendee, Memee.

    • womenabiding says:

      Hi Memee! Thanks for your input. I am a firm believer that everything we do should in some way teach our children something about life! Have a blessed day 🙂 xox

  52. I really enjoyed these tips. I loved the car dates. I too plan our days and love Crystal Paine’s Make Over Your Mornings. I found you on momstheword LinkUp. I would love for you to check my linkup that goes live on Mondays and lasts all week. http://www.faithfilledparenting.com

  53. Amanda B. says:

    I feel like I live in the car with my children. Some days it’s hard not to be frustrated, but then I remember that my time with them is growing shorter. One day, they will drive themselves to work and college, and I will lose all of that precious time with them. Then, I try to appreciate the tasks the Lord has given me for now.

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