|Our Cupcake Rosary from Last Friday|
Later, since my children love to listen music CD's at bedtime, they received The Rosary for Children CD set. It was great, I thought. And, they did, too. For a while. But, soon enough, even this lovely CD set was met with more complaints than delight and prayer.
And so the quest to engage the children in praying the rosary continued. And, I admit, the quest to make the rosary a strong prayer habit of my own did, too. Praying the rosary is not something my own family did growing up, and, although I understand the value of it and feel called to do it, I confess that I have failed to follow that call regularly.
Then, finally, this past Friday, we met with some success.
At our first fall gathering of Catholic homeschoolers at a parish about 40 minutes from our home, the leaders decided to include a cupcake rosary. As I baked my share of the cupcakes for it, I wondered how my kids would make it through the prayer portion of the afternoon. Prior to the gathering, my children had never made it through an entire rosary. In fact, sometimes, attempts to pray the rosary together ended in anything but a reverent atmosphere in our home. (Anyone else ever experienced this unhappy phenomenon?)
|Enjoying Cupcakes After Praying the Rosary and Hearing a Poem About St. Francis|
I am so grateful. I am so encouraged. Praying the rosary with young children CAN be done -- even with my children.
Now, I am eager to revisit The Rosary for Children with my children and to make praying the rosary a more regular habit for us -- even if it may mean making lots of cupcakes or inviting friends to pray it with us (which are both things I think helped us meet success this past Friday.)
What hurdles and helps have you discovered when praying the rosary with young children? Please share your tips and tales.
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