• “Do your best and let God do the rest.” Sharen, mother of two, says this with her children every day before school. She says the first part, and the kids respond with the second part. “If I don’t do it, the girls will loudly exclaim, ‘Say it, Mama!’ as if they can’t leave the car and go into school without it,” Sharen says.
• “What’s one way you helped someone today?” Nancy and Scott, parents of two, ask this question almost every evening at dinner in order to emphasize to their children that service to others is an important part of life.
• “Let the Holy Spirit nudge you today.” Maria, a mother of two, says this before dropping off her children at school to remind them to be open to God’s movement in their lives.
• “God bless Max. Be with him during his math test.” John, a father of three, traces a cross on the forehead of each of his children before bed, with a blessing for an upcoming event.
By Annemarie Scobey, from the pages of At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. Winner of the Best in Class award in 2013 from the Associated Church Press, as well as a First Place General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association for the past four years running. Here’s a sample issue.
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