Strengthening the Faith of Our Children With Traditions

I’m so excited about a new monthly series I am participating in with a fantastic group of bloggers!

Each one of us will be examining how we impact and form the faith of our children. Our first topic is how we employ traditions to shape that faith.

In The Smockity Family, one of our most important faith forming traditions is regularly attending church.

There is never a question as to whether or not we will go. (Whether we will be there on time is an altogether different matter!) We attend Bible classes and worship services at least twice each week.

Each of our children loves to attend and if we have anyone who is sick and has to stay home with Mommy, the well children know they can count on Daddy to take them. There is no excuse for being able bodied and missing church! I have even taken 3 day old babies to church!

Another of our important daily traditions is to pray before meals and at bedtime.

We follow the model of Jesus when he prayed to his heavenly father to thank him for providing daily bread. This has become particularly important to us now, since my husband’s sudden unexpected layoff. We thank God each day before we eat for blessing us with food we otherwise would not be able to buy.

At bedtime, we take prayer requests and bring our needs and thanksgivings before God. If either of these prayer times is overlooked, there will surely be loud reminders that we forgot something very important!

Reading the Bible aloud is a very important tradition in our family.

We like to begin each school day reading a chapter or more and discussing it. Proverbs is a favorite, as are the gospels. We also participate each year in a Bible Bowl competition where the children are quizzed over a previously chosen book of the Bible.

We remind our children frequently that they must search the scriptures to know the will of God, and we hope this will be a lifelong habit for them.

Would you like to see how other mothers strengthen the faith of their children through traditions?

Be sure to visit these wonderful blogs, and check in next month when we discuss how extended family affects the faith of our children:

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  1. Natalie says:

    We have had a difficult time finding a LOVING church. We have a large family, and we end up staying with the babies in the nursery or hallways most of the church service. Because of this, we have not attended regularly since our 3rd baby. We do a family Bible study every night and prayer time (in addition to praying over our meals). The older children have always loved church (when we’ve attended); however, because our family is “different,” (we homeschool, have a large family, do not watch television, etc.) the Sunday school teachers tend to treat our children like they have disabilities. Do you have any suggestions or know of any national website that may have churches that enjoy large homeschooling families?? We live in central New York state (near Syracuse). Thank you, Natalie

    • I attended St. Michael’s in Fulton, NY as a young child and it was a lovely, compassionate church. Of course, that was a good, *cough* 25-30 years ago, but I have beautiful memories! Not sure if you’re near Fulton, but I know I wasn’t far from Syracuse.

  2. Church is a non-negotiable for us, too. Whether on vacation or home, tired or energetic, we’re there. I won’t lie… there have been times when it’s taken some diggin’ deep to get out the door, but I have never- not even once- regretted it once we were there.

  3. Going to church is similar to getting a divorce in this sense: If you make it an option, you will probably end up taking the road you shouldn’t. I think we should always strive to go regardless of the stress of the morning.

    We attend a very small church in Warsaw. Our family makes up half of the regular congregation, if not more. I wish there was more for our family, such as a Bible Class or even Wednesday evening classes. However, this isn’t possible with a church trying to recover from loss of attendance. This reason (lack of children’s classes) has on numerous occasions caused me to want to stay home. But, I know regardless of what we are doing, my kids should learn to worship the Lord.

  4. Janie O says:

    We go no matter how we are treated because we are not there for the other people (though fellowship is nice) we are there to worship the Savior.

    We are LDS and there are plenty of big families – many do homeschool and there are meetinghouses everywhere – all family worship.

  5. I need to look into those Bible Bowl competitions and see if there are any around here. Our 8yo has been *inhaling* all things reading lately, and I think something like that would be an outlet for her competitive nature. ;)

  6. Do your kids participate in LTC (Leadership Training for Christ)? Mine did but the church we attend now doesn’t.

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