I knew eating while watching TV probably wasn't a good idea but it seemed o.k. at the time. The kids could see the TV from the kitchen table so it wasn't like they were eating in the family room. And it seemed to help them wake up.
Fast forward several years and now both of the kids are in elementary school. We are getting up even earlier than we had to for preschool and we have a bus to catch. We only have about 40 minutes from the time the kids get up to the time they get on the bus. And we have a lot to do in that 40 minutes.
They have to get dressed, eat, brush their teeth and their hair. All of this is very doable in 40 minutes. However it seemed that I spent that entire 40 minutes yelling at my kids. "Eat faster!" "Don't forget to brush your teeth!" "Put your shoes on NOW!"
About a month ago I decided that this was a horrible way for all of us to start the day. And I realized that the culprit was the TV. The kids were so engrossed in whatever show they were watching that they didn't want to get ready for school.
So one Friday morning after finally getting fed up with the constant yelling, I told them that on Monday there would be no TV at breakfast and instead we were going to read the Bible.
I started my day with prayer and devotions so it only made sense for the kids to do something similar.
I headed to Lifeway Christian store and I looked through all of the kid's devotional books and realized we just needed to start simple. So I bought a Bible. My kids have many children's Bibles but they only contained stories. I wanted us to read the entire Bible.
So I purchased The Day By Day Kid's Bible by Karyn Henley.
For the first couple of days the kids were not happy about not being able to watch TV with breakfast but let me tell you it has been a lifesaver. While they are eating I read one 7 minute section. Sometimes they ask me questions, sometimes they don't. And sometimes I wonder if any of it is sticking in their sleepy little minds.
All of the early morning screaming has stopped. (Well except for that one morning when the bus came really early and we weren't ready!)
I can send my kids peacefully out the door knowing that they have heard the Word. And really, what better way is there than that to start the day?
"...but the word of the Lord stands forever." And this is the word that was preached to you. - 1 Peter 1:25
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