The Ten Commandments for Preschoolers

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I have a confession to make. I taught my daughter the Fourth Commandment before any of the other Ten Commandments. Not that she didn’t know who God was (First Commandment), or that we don’t lie about God or use His name in vain (Second Commandment), or know that going to church is important (Third Commandment). No, she did something that …

Teaching the Catechism to Preschoolers

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I have always loved word-association games. You know, where someone says a word or phrase, and then you respond with the first word that pops into your head: Football, Peyton Manning School, Ball State Ice, Water I think you get the point. What if we were to play this game with Lutherans? Luther’s Small Catechism, __________________ What would fill in …

Wiggles in Worship

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I remember our first visit to Grace Lutheran in Lafayette, Indiana. An elderly woman, who sat in front of us every single service, turned around right before worship began and told us, “Don’t worry if your daughter makes noise, we love hearing little ones during service!” It is a blessing, that is for sure—hearing the little voices in the sanctuary and knowing …

Evening Routine with Kids

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This post on evening routines is part of a series talking about setting a routine for devotional time with your family. To see the last post, click here. Mommy, Daddy, I’m Hungry Don’t we all hear that? I think about friends who have teenage boys right now—they probably hear that all the time. (Or they don’t, and they just need a …

Daytime Routine with Kids

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This post on daytime routine is part of a series talking about setting a routine for devotional time with your family. To see the last post, click here. Kids wake up naturally caffeinated. Don’t they? What really is a daytime routine with a young one, anyhow? Whether you stay at home with your kids or not, each week there are …

The A.M. Routine with Kids

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This post is part of a series of posts talking about the importance of routine in devotional time with your family. To see the first post, click here. The Alarm Goes Off It’s 5:30 a.m. when your phone alarm goes off. You roll over and hit snooze. Nine minutes later, here it comes again. Again, the snooze. Three minutes later, …