Who doesn’t love Fridays? Friday night is probably my favorite times of the whole week. Our Friday nights have definitely changed, even from a year ago!
Awhile ago I read a blog by one of my favorite bloggers, Catholic All Year, about creating and building your own unique family culture. That, combined with starting a ‘Pray for Cameron’ group on facebook to support Uncle C in his seminarian quest, and we decided months ago to start praying a weekly family rosary. Friday is the day. The kids were all ‘What’s a rosary?’, ‘Can we just watch the movie instead?’, ‘What are all these beads for?’
But guess what? 6, 4, and 2 year olds have a very hard time sitting through an entire rosary. So we decided to modify it and just try a decade a week.
The kids actually *look forward* to rosary time on Fridays! We eat dinner, clear the table, and then sit down together for the rosary. The decade takes about 10 minutes, and everyone actually follows along pretty well, especially G and L, which makes my heart happy. 🙂 J has an app on his phone that leads us through it too, which the kids like. This has been a great way to help our kids learn different prayers, and a habit of family prayer, something we had struggled to get started for some time.
Each person has their own rosary, many of which were gifts and the one on the left (J’s) is handmade! Amelia even has her own!!
After this we always have family movie night on Friday nights. The kids somehow always snuggle up on the big couch togther, and J and I are stuck on the loveseat. Tonight we are watching ‘Daddy Day Care’. I try to pick something that isn’t terribly boring for J and I and appropriate for kiddos. Sometimes….that’s a challenge!
If you are Catholic, or even if you’re not, setting a regular time to pray the rosary with your kids is amazing! I highly recommend it. It has really worked for us.
Back to the movie and ice cream now…. 🙂