How is that a good day can go bad in a matter of 10 minutes. For me that is bedtime. It seems as though everyone turns whiny and non-compliant when it comes to bedtime routines. For me the worst is praying with the kids. I dread it and I hate that I dread it. It seems as though they don't care, they don't listen and they don't sit still. Yes, they are 4 and 2, but seriously can they not sit and act like they care about talking to God for 2 minutes.
Tonight during our prayers before bedtime Cayden earned himself a time out for the first 6 minutes of playtime tomorrow and Deacon earned himself 7. And they were in one minute increments!
Am I asking too much? I need help from you families out there that pray with your kids at night. What is your routine? How does it work? What am I doing wrong? How do I get my kids to see the time we spend praying at night as valuable? It was so bad tonight that I wanted to scream and yell and while I prayed (b/c no one else would) all I could think about was how mad I was and wished we wouldn't have even sat down to pray.
Then I went over to Cayden's bed and laid with him and talked about some other issues we had today I talked to him about praying. I asked him what he was thankful for and he came up with something and he actually prayed and so I left the room with a tad bit of redemption. I loved that moment and it made the night much better after our individual time together.
Maybe I need to pray with them individually. BUT they are in the same room and Deacon's still in a baby bed.
Okay anyhow …. send me your suggestions. Seriously what am I doing wrong and how can I make this better?