In our increasingly busy lives, maintaining a calm, nurturing home life can be a challenge. Here are some ways to foster the experience of a happy, healthy, holy home life:
- Place a small bowl of water on your kitchen table or counter to remember your baptism with a sign of the cross as you come and go.
- Build rituals and traditions that are unique to your family.
- Keep a Bible and devotionals handy so you can look up the Sunday scripture texts and talk about them together.
- Make a routine for home life that everyone can depend on.
- Organize kid-friendly home workshops to teach practical skills and plan schedules.
The key to teaching children about family and home life is to model a commitment to it yourself. Graciously welcome and engage children in the tasks and privileges of being part of the family and creating a home life together. Your efforts will leave a lasting legacy.
This message was adapted from “Turning Hearts Toward Holy Home” by Miriam “Mim” Campbell that appeared in the June 2009 issue of Lutheran Woman Today, now Gather. Today we remember Florence Nightingale, who died in 1910; Clara Maass, who died in 1901; renewers of society.
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