Toddler Tuesday: Routines

Luke 2:52 “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man”

Babies have schedules.  But toddlers – they have routines.

You know your child has moved out of the baby stage when you begin to realize that they CAN do things by themselves and it is now your job to teach them how.  Most of us do this by establishing a routine.  It may start when they are babies perhaps with a bedtime routine or a bathtime routine.  But as they grow they begin to understand they have a voice (how many kids have the first word “NO”) and they want control of their own routine.

Routines are great because it helps prepare your child.  It helps them know what is next, creates a place of comfort and gives them a little freedom to be involved in their day to day.

For toddlers it is so easy to focus our routines on self care (dressings, teeth brushing, etc).  However, as most of us know our kids are smarter than we give them credit for.  While we are helping them establish a self care routine are we helping them establish a spiritual routine?

Do we teach our kids to be in God’s word daily?  Do we teach and encourage our children to pray?  What about prayer at other times outside of bedtime or meal time?  Are your kids using their gifts to serve, even in the smallest of ways?

Today’s Challenge:  Create a spiritual routine for your child and start putting it in to practice!

And tell us about it!  What are you doing to usher your child into the presence of the Most Holy?

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