Want your kids to stay connected to Christ when they leave your home?
Eat dinner as a family.
Research shows one of the most important we can do to increase the likelihood that our children will stay connected to Christ once they leave our home is eat dinner as a family.
Expectation for Connection!
In our home, we are seeking to create a daily rhythm. My dear wife Sarah is the champion for relational connectedness at dinner. Without fail, she leads our family and asks two simple but probing questions.
What was the best part of your day?
What was the most challenging part of your day?
It's the Connection NOT the Location!
Listen, it is about the connection not the location. Someone may say in hopeless resignation, We NEVER eat at home our dinner table?!? So is all hope lost if you find yourself running ragged, feeling as if you know the inside of your car and the McDonald’s drive-through more than you know your own dinner table at home? I say no, hope is not lost. It’s about connection with your family not the location where that connection happens.I t is about passing the potatoes, even if they are french fries!
Create the RIGHT Habits!
My advice to us all would be to start slow by intentionally introducing a rhythm and consistent connective tenor to your dinnertime discussion. Interestingly enough, if this rhythm is consistently introduced into your meal times, before long, its absence will feel awkward and someone at your dinner table will cry out, Hey, we haven’t talked about how we saw God at work in our lives today?!?
We are creatures of habit. Let’s seek to create the right habits during our dinner times.
How do you "Pass the Potatoes" with your family?