Family Day . . . Every Day
by Carey Nieuwhof
We celebrated our first family day in Ontario today . . . a celebration, our premier says, of family, because families need more time together. Good idea.
We’re at the stage in our family where racking up the mileage on the car is not hard—hockey rules, and right now we’re all over the place in playoffs. Between hockey and work, there’s not a lot of time left. But because time is the key to relationship, and relationship is the key to life in Christ, we have to think creatively about how we as a family can leverage the time we have.
To me, as the kids get older, the key is not just praying together or reading the Bible together (that’s important and necessary), but the key is opening a dialogue about faith and life that runs through life. That can be a lot trickier. Personally, I find conversations about God and life happen best in the flow of everyday life.
Here’s what we do to try to track together at this stage in life (my boys are 16 and 12):
• We eat dinner together almost every night.
• We serve together on Sundays.
• We listen to music together. We let the kids drive the playlist because whatever they choose sure beats four people living together with four iPods running four separate soundtracks.
• I let my 16-year-old drive wherever he’s legally allowed because it gives us time together.
• I’m reading through the book of Daniel with Sam (age 12).
• We play board games, watch movies and read in the same space.
• I’m trying not to stay at work too late or let work come home with me too often.
• We try to take several shorter vacations together each year.
This may all sound like pretty normal, unimaginative stuff, but the key to relationship is time. What things do you do with your family? What helps you keep communication with your child wide open?
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